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Art and Design Level 3 at Wiltshire College

Course description

Initially the course is broad based, giving you the opportunity over two terms of general visual studies to identify and confirm your abilities. After this phase you will focus on developing a high level of specialist expertise in a chosen art area. 
The course concentrates on the process of art and design towards specific visual outcomes which are challenging and exciting. It is mainly practical, with written theory in the form of research into artists and designers and other aspects of your coursework. You will build up evidence that will reflect your individual strengths. Sketchbooks, drawing, specialist making skills and study of the work of artists and designers are key areas.
You will have a personal tutor throughout the course and will be taught by an experienced and dedicated team of staff. You will normally make an application for higher education during the second year of the course.

Course content

The Level 3 Diploma is an 18-unit qualification. The Diploma is made up from 5-compulsory core units, 9-optional design units and 4 specialist units.

Entry requirements

  • 4 GCSEs at grade A*- C including English and maths or equivalent (or Merit or Distinction in a related subject at Level 2)
  • A recent portfolio of work
  • A good reference
  • A satisfactory interview


You will need to allocate time to continue and complete your coursework.
You will be mainly assessed through coursework. Functional skills in Maths and English are assessed by exam.
The final qualification will be a Level 3 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Future opportunities

The qualification will give you the opportunity to progress directly into Higher Education. The course has an excellent record of progression and past students have successfully gained places on a wide variety of prestigious degree course programmes.
The creative industry is a major player in Britain’s economic growth and provides a broad based jobs market. Past students, having gone on to Higher Education, have gained employment in areas such as graphics, illustration, multimedia design, textiles, 3D design and fine art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wiltshire College directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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