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Art and Design Level 3 Diploma at Cirencester College

Course description

This is an exciting, creative and demanding course that offers you a broad base of experiences, knowledge and skills and allows a degree of personal exploration and creativity. It is suited to learners who are committed to pursuing a creative career in the field of art and design. It is studied over a period of two years with successful completion of Year 1 units allowing a student to proceed on to Year 2.

Course content

This full time course is aimed at the art student who has an interest in acquiring and extending their practical “hands on” making skills and underpinning their knowledge of art and design disciplines.  Both years are divided into three, term-long aimed projects and cover aspects of drawing, illustration, mixed media, painting, print making, sculpture, photography, digital manipulation, charecter development for animation, contextual studies, model making, special effects / cosutne, development of portfolio, exhibition expereince, opportunities to sell work and community involvement and group installation.

After the completion of year 1 students will have gained a 90 credit diploma qualification, they will then be able to proceed on to year 2 to obtain the 180 credit extended diploma.


Project 1


Unit 60 – Fine art drawing

Unit 62 – Understandig sculpture

Unit 32 – Art & Desgin illustration

Project 2

Unit 41 – Creating 3D art or design work

Unit 33 – Character design and creation

Unit 34 – Creating animation.

Project 3

Unit 1 – Art & Design in context

Unit 24 – Digital image creation

Unit 61 – Fine art painting


2nd Year


Project 1


Unit 10 – How artists use 2D materials

Unit 63 – Contemporary fine art

Unit 20 – Exploring digital photography

Project 2

Unit 40 – 3D carving, constructing and modelling

Unit 11 – How artists and designers use 3D materials, techniques and processes

Unit 3 – Using digital technology in graphic design

Project 3

3 units that will lead to a group exhibition

Entry requirements

As well as the College’s general entry requirements you will need either a GCSE C in a Design or an Art subject OR a MERIT or DISTINCTION at BTEC Level 2 Art and Design.


The course is assessed in these methods:

  • Coursework
  • Portfolio of evidence
  • Presentation

Coursework and a portfolio of evidence make up the main assessment for the course. Each of the units have specific performance criteria that need to be met by your creative responses. Learners must complete all units in order to satisfy the criteria for the diploma qualification.

The course assignments are assessed by your tutors who will give individual feedback on your work. You will be monitored by staff through the tracking process, and you will have the opportunity to carry out peer and self assessments as well. You will track your own progress through the units in your own tracking booklet, so you know what you need to do to achieve. Due to the high volume of work on this course it is essential that deadlines are met.

Future opportunities

With the diverse skills acquired throughout the course, students can proceed to specialise in a broad variety of careers after further study at university and specialist schools ultimately leading to opportunities such as becoming:

  • Fine Artist
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Printmaker
  • Teacher
  • Theatre Designer
  • Gallery/Museum Curator
  • Art Therapist
  • Animator Illustration
  • Architect
  • Textile Designer
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Ethical Textiles
  • Textile Technology
  • Fashion Buyer

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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