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Art and Design Level 3 at Leeds City College

Course description

This course allows you to strengthen your creative skills using a variety of materials and techniques.

You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of art processes, such as painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Focus on your own personal practice and prepare yourself for a range of progression opportunities. During your course you will be provided with an individual studio space to develop the ability to work more independently. Work towards a final mahor project will be shown as part of the end of year exhibition.

Course themes:

  • Visual recording and communication
  • Critical and contextual studies in art and design
  • Materials, techniques and processes in art and design
  • Contemporary fine art practice
  • Developing an art and design portfolio
  • Curating an exhibition

Course content

On this course you will study:

During your first year of study you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of art processes, such as painting, printmaking, drawing and sculpture. These techniques will be developed through the following units.

Year 1

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • The Creative Process
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Fine Art Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • 3D Design Materials Techniques and Processes

The second year of the course allows you to focus on your own personal practice and will prepare you for a range of progression opportunities within the creative sector.

Year 2

  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
  • Contemporary Fine Art Practice
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Curating an Exhibition
  • Fashion Design
  • Surface Design for Textiles
  • Animation

The programme is designed for students who want to strengthen their creative skills through a variety of materials and techniques. The first year is skills-based as the students develop their knowledge mainly through practical work.

During the second year, the students are provided with a small individual studio space to develop the ability to work more independently. The second year culminates in a final major project which is shown as part of the end of course exhibition.

The course functions mainly as a progression route to Higher Education. Leeds City College also offers a foundation degree in Art Enterprise for those students who wish to continue to develop their practice.

Entry requirements

If you are part of the new grading system for GCSE we would see a Grade 4 or above as the equivalent of a Grade C in this offer.

Students should have a minimum of five Cs at GCSE including English Language. A serious interest in the subject is paramount and our interview process will entail you presenting your own portfolio of previous work.


The course is continually assessed with grades of Pass, Merit or Distinction being awarded in each unit of study. Students can therefore take control of how they are progressing on the course and start to ensure they gain the highest possible grades. A final grade which is the equivalent of three A Levels will be awarded upon completion of all necessary units.

This Level 3 qualification is assessed via a combination of internal assessment, where tasks are set and marked by your tutors, and external assessment where tasks are set by BTEC and your response to them is marked by BTEC examiners.

Future opportunities

Successful students have progressed to university to study specialist subjects such as:

  • Fine Art - Painting & Sculpture
  • Design for TV and Theatre
  • Fashion Design
  • Interior and Architectural Design
  • Fashion
  • Marketing
  • Graphic Design
  • Surface Pattern
  • Illustration Textiles
  • Animation
  • Teaching
  • Ceramics & Glass

Following the completion of your Level 3 course there is the opportunity to continue your study art and design all the way to BA (Hons) Level.

The Foundation Degree & BA (Hons) in Art Enterprise at the University Centre develops the creative skills that you have gained on the Level 3 Course to a professional standard, whilst equipping you with the employability skills to help you to get ahead and become a successful creative. Art Enterprise has excellent links to the creative industries and you will be placed within a professional network right from the very beginning of the course.

During the course you will be creating public exhibitions, working with artists, designers, gallerists and curators, selling your work, promoting yourself, visiting exhibitions, developing media campaigns, working with the public, getting to grips with the business of art, and gain an insight into what it is to be an artist, and an understanding of the art market.

Further information

English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4/5.

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: 07 November 2017
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