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Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at Banbury and Bicester College

Course description

Developed by experts from institutions across England and University of the Arts London (UAL), this programme develops the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.

It has been designed to create conditions where an interest in the visual arts can be explored and developed and creativity tested.
The programme is characterised by experimental and experiential learning, relying on the application of manual skills while valuing the accidental and disruptive results that can occur.

The qualification is accredited by the highly-regarded University of the Arts London (UAL). Among the benefits, students have the opportunity to have their work shortlisted to appear at the annual UAL awarding body exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.

Course content

You study units of work over the two years:
• introduction to visual language in art and design
• introduction to research skills in art and design
• introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art and design
• introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
• an integrated approach to 2D problem solving
• an integrated approach to 3D problem solving
• an integrated approach to time-based problem solving
• developing an Art and Design project
• art and design characteristics and context
• preparation for progression in art and design
• engaging with an audience in art and design
• art and Design proposal and realisation 

In addition you will develop your English and maths skills as well as your entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities.

Entry requirements

5 or more GCSEs grade A*-C, preferably including English language and maths, or a national award in art and design, or first diploma in art and design at merit or above, plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and maths

Your offer is also subject to a successful interview when we will expect to see a portfolio of art, design or craft work

All students have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Future opportunities

On successful completion you will have the skills, knowledge and a portfolio of work to enable you to progress to university, or begin your career in the creative industries. Our students have gone on to study creative programmes at leading arts institutions across the UK, and have forged successful careers in product design, architecture, photography, fashion, film, graphics, textiles and the visual arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury and Bicester College directly.

Last updated date: 21 January 2016
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      • From the M40, leave the motorway at Junction 11 and leave roundabout onto A422.
      • Continue down A422 and leave roundabout onto A361, Southam Road. Turn left on A361 (Southam Road) on to Horse Fair.
      • Leave the roundabout onto B4035, West Bar Street. Follow West Bar Street on to Broughton Road and the main entrance to the campus is on the right hand side.

      The Banbury Campus is approximately 15-20 minutes walk from the train and bus station.