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Art and Design EDEXCEL Extended Diploma Level 3 at Cornwall College

Course description

Ideal if: you are aiming to progress to university, specialist art or design college and want a career in the industry.  You will need to enjoy art and design; and be willing to be challenged and have your creativity developed.

You'll need: four or more GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and mathematics.

You'll learn: through practical, studio-based assignments taught by specialist lecturers.

Expect: on-going assessment throughout your course.

You'll love: the range of art and design disciplines you'll cover from animation to sculpture, illustartion to printmaking, and fashion to photography.

You'll go onto: further studies at Foundation Diploma, or direct to university study on our Foundation Degree in Contemporary Creative Practice.

This course is free for students under 19 years of age and students who are under 24 years of age who haven't previously received a full level 3 qualification.

Course content

The Extended Diploma in Art & Design will give you the opportunity to study across a range of core disciplines from all areas of the art and design practice. These include: illustration, art, graphic design, photography, textiles, drawing, painting, animation, life drawing, print making, sculpture, ceramics, surface pattern design, visual communication, advertising and much more - all within the first year of the course. During the second year you will be given the opportunity to choose from three unique specialist pathways. These are Graphic Design, Textiles and Fine Art/Illustration.

During your time will have the opportunity to learn a range of software that is used in industry from Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Quark Xpress to name but a few. You will be given the opportunity to use industry standard graphic tablets enabling you to work to the latest technology specifications.

All of our staff has worked in industry within their own areas of expertise. This allows our learners to have first hand experience and knowledge from staff that are able to support and guide our learners to industry standards whilst learning the area of art and design of their choice.

We are fortunate to have a number of Live Briefs that run throughout the two year study programme. This enables our learners to work to industry standards learning how to prepare work for clients and to send work to print. We have had a number of clients including the NHS. Every year we team up with the media students who write articles for our student magazine 'Traffic'. Our Art & Design students design, illustrate and shoot photographs for the magazine before completely designing it themselves and assembling it ready for print. The magazine is then distributed all of the South West.

We have a range of trips throughout the two years where students are able to visit design studios and art galleries. We have regular visits from companies and individuals to give students guidance about their own area of practice. We also have our London trip where we have the opportunity to visit Cartoon Network meeting all of the designers and artists who assemble and illustrate cartoons for Nickelodeon. We also have the opportunity it visit a range of galleries, go to the London eye, shopping and much, much more.

We give our students the opportunity to tailor the assignments to their own desired areas of expertise allowing them to build on their own unique individuality, making their work a cut above the rest of the competition. This helps to build confidence and give our students the edge when attending interviews for university or building on a career within the arts.

Entry requirements

You will need to have 4 GCSEs at grade C or above, and will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your work if possible, to an informal interview with one of our art & design tutors.

If you are interested in studying at university, this course effectively fast-tracks you to degree level study, avoiding the need for an additional Art Foundation year.

Future opportunities

This course offers a strong foundation in the study of art & design, with the added bonus of a specialist pathway which will be indicated in the title of the awarded qualification, and enable you to demonstrate a clear individuality in your creativity.

Successful completion of this course will provide direct progression routes to an enormous variety of higher education courses in areas such as Fine Art; Fashion & Textiles, Interior Design, Graphic Communication; Multimedia & Animation; Photography; Advertising; 3D Design and many more.

The course offers such a wide expanse of skills to enable our previous students to progress into employment in one of the many fields of the arts. Just some are: graphic design, publishing, advertising, animation, interior design, web design, make-up designer, PR companies, art curator - the list is endless.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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