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Art and Design - Level 3 Diploma at Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Course description

The Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design is designed for those who are looking to study art and design related subjects at Higher Education and for those who want to explore employment and progression opportunities in an art and design related sector.

At interview, we will discuss with you your entry qualifications, experience and career goals. This, along with your portfolio will form the basis of your starting point on the Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design programme.

The diploma is a one-year programme. However, following successful completion of the diploma and appropriate achievement of other elements of the study programme, you may then be able to progress to a second year of study on the extended diploma.

The Level 3 diploma enables you to explore and experiment with a wide range of art and design materials and processes; contextual studies is included throughout the course. continuing to the extended diploma, you will be able to follow a specialist pathway within the area of fine arts, sculpture and ceramics, 3D design, photography, printmaking, illustration, or fashion and textiles, as well as completing a final major project that will be included in a public exhibition. 

Entry requirements

For the diploma you will need:

  • Four GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English OR
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design with a merit profile, and GCSE English with 4 points (grade C).
  • A portfolio.

For the extended diploma you will need:

  • Five GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade C) including English and maths OR
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design with a merit profile, and GCSE English and maths with 4 points (grade C).
  • A portfolio.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview at which we will discuss all relevant experience, your portfolio of work and career goals.


Assessment takes place through controlled assignments set by tutors and the examining board which are externally verified.

You will take part in projects and practical workshops based on realistic workplace situations. 

Future opportunities

The diploma and extended diploma are nationally recognised qualifications. The extended diploma at Level 3 is equivalent to three A Levels and will support an application to Higher Education as well as developing many of the wider skills required for progression to employment.

Following successful completion of the diploma study programme you may be able to progress to the extended diploma.

Following successful completion of the extended diploma you could progress to university-level qualifications such as a specialist arts degree or HND, or you could go on to further training or employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vision West Nottinghamshire College directly.

Last updated date: 13 December 2016

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    • Our main campus at Derby Road has seen big changes as part of a £40 million redevelopment across the college. Home to our largest cohort of students, the campus is made up of dedicated study zones for curriculum areas; equipped with the latest facilities and state-of-the-art technology which ensures our students become work-ready.

      The campus is also home to our commercial venues, Butterflies Day Nursery, a 150-seat theatre, fine dining restaurant and hair and beauty salon and spa; giving students the opportunity to gain the practical skills needed for employment.

      Vision University Centre, which offers university-level education to the people of Mansfield and Ashfield is also based here.