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Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This course is for students who enjoy responding creatively to the world around them. If you come to college with the desire to learn, we can show you how to develop your ideas and express them professionally through a range of disciplines. A supportive team of experts will help you build confidence in both your creative and communication skills. This is the course for you if you are interested in developing practical, professional and employability skills within art and design. You will grow in confidence and build good interpersonal skills whilst gaining the essential self-knowledge to make good choices moving forwards.

Course content

The course is a diagnostic course that will enable you to understand your strengths and areas for development and ultimately help you decide what you would like to specialise in. You will try out a wide variety of Art & Design disciplines, including Fine art, Drawing, Photography, Video, Illustration, Sculpture, Textiles, Fashion, Printmaking, Critical analysis and evaluation, Life drawing, Ideas generation and development, Sketchbook work and Graphics. The course will start with shorter, highly structured projects to develop your independence to the point where you run a large final major project with our support.

Entry requirements

You will need to show a portfolio of creative work at interview. You will need to be motivated and have a passion for art and design. You need to have achieved 5 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with merit or distinction grades, and a proven record of attendance. If you do not have Maths and/or English at grade 4 (grade C), you can take Functional Skills classes in these subjects at college or study GCSEs if you have gained grade 3 (grade D) previously.


Through a structured series of practical projects, some written assignments, tutorials, trips and visits, lectures and group assessments.


Future opportunities

Most of our students go on to Higher Education, Apprenticeships or employment. Our students can progress to the best degree courses in the country in every subject.

The creative industries are thriving despite this time of economic uncertainty and change. Most creative businesses are small to medium-sized enterprises, meaning they employ less than 50 people. They are versatile and adaptable, and that is what they want from their employees.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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    • SGS WISE (the West of England Institute of Specialist Education) was opened in 2005 as a brand new state-of-the-art vocational centre for sport and the arts. The campus is home to the Bristol Academy of Sport, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Bristol School of Art.