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Art and Design Diploma 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you haven’t yet decided which art and design discipline you’d like to focus in, don’t worry. This UAL Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma will allow you to develop your creative flair further, explore more imaginative ideas & designs, and create visual solutions across a range of mediums. You’ll get the opportunity to complete projects and develop your technical & creative skills that will be relevant for any future specialism in this dynamic and ever-changing industry. This could include a focus on art production techniques and methods, or a closer look at digital & hand rendering graphics, alongside fashion & textiles applications or photography and digital image manipulation. Throughout this Level 3 course in Art & Design, you’ll be challenged by a number of assignments, including live briefs set by the industry and personal exhibitions, each designed to test your skill and creativity at every stage, and prepare you for degree-level study or employment. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma and extended diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

Entry requirements

To enrol on this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design, you’ll need to have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including Maths or English. You can also progress from the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a merit grade profile.Adult learners may also gain entry to the course without these qualifications providing they can demonstrate an ability to cope with the demands of study based on their previous experience, commitment, interest and ability which will be assessed at interview.Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.


In the early part of the course, you will build your skills in all areas of study and will receive assessment feedback, both part way through and at the end of each project. This will give you constructive advice to help you improve your performance. Your final grade will be assessed through a final major project.As part of the continuous assessment, you’ll be expected to study outside of designated art and design studio sessions, attend exhibitions and galleries, and do further contextual reading, all of which requires an additional commitment outside of normal course hours.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

You’ll have a wide range of opportunities open to you when you have completed this Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design, with many students choosing a specialism after this and applying for higher-level courses or apprenticeships. You could stay with us at The Manchester College and complete a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice or an HND in Fashion, or you could head straight into employment, with a huge number of roles and careers in design and visual arts waiting for you.

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: 10 April 2018
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      Facilities at Openshaw Campus include:

      • IT suites with tools for multimedia courses
      • purpose-designed retail unit offering real life experience to retail learners
      • recording studios
      • outdoor amphitheatre for live music
      • state of the art automotive, engineering, construction and electrical technology and training vehicles
      • hair and beauty salons, open to the public
      • library resource centre (LRC)
      • gym and fitness centre, open to the public
      • award winning training restaurant (Bistro East), open to the public
      • nursery
      • air cabin

      Local area

      Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Openshaw Campus is built at the heart of the community with an open plan design and attractive green space and water features. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.