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Media, Art and Design - Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Wakefield College

Course description

This practical course is aimed at broadening and expanding your specialist artistic art and design skills to a very high standard in areas such as drawing, painting, sculpture, print, ceramics and textiles. In year 1 you will work towards the 90 credit Diploma with a strong emphasis on exploring a wide range of techniques and drawing being integral to every project. In year 2 you progress onto the Extended Diploma and continue to extend your specialist skills and in the final term you will select a specialist pathway, work more independently and develop ideas of a more personal nature, culminating in a final exhibition

Course content

The Extended Diploma consists of 13 units with research, contextual investigation, experimentation of media, materials and techniques and the development of ideas as key elements on the programme. You will learn how to solve complex problems through the application of art and design to create unique outcomes and use critical review and evaluations to support your understanding. Specialist techniques: Drawing from Observation Painting in Art and Design Sculpture Printmaking in Art and Design Ceramics Surface Pattern Fabric Manipulation Ceramic techniques Presentation Techniques Personal and Professional Development Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you. Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4) including English and Maths
4 GCSEs at A*-C (new grade 9-4)
Level 2 Functional Skills in either English or Maths, and
Grade D (new grade 3) or Level 1 Functional Skills in the other

L2 Diploma or equivalent at Merit Grade, plus GCSE English or Maths at grade C (or new grade 4), plus L1 or L2 English or Maths

A portfolio of work



Unit 1-7 and Unit 9-12 will be internal assessed through a portfolio of evidence and will be graded at a Pass where all assessment criteria must be met. Unit 8, 13 and 14 are graded, Pass, Merit or Distinction and will be internally assessed and externally moderated.


Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

This qualification offers progression to a variety of art-related courses.  Our own Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a recommended progression route, or you may wish to apply to a university.  During the course we will explain all the possible options and support you through the application process.

Career opportunities

A wide range of roles are available within the Art and Design industries such as Animator, Architect, Art Editor, Art Exhibition Organiser, Art Therapist, Cartographer, Cartoonist, Ceramic/Pottery maker, Fashion/Clothing Designer, Fine Artist, Goldsmith/Silversmith, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Model Maker, Multimedia Designer, Museum/Art Gallery Curator, Photographer, Sculptor,  Technical Illustrator.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2018
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