Art and Design Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course is ideal if you have a strong interest in art and design related areas and wish to study a broad-based course before specialising in a particular field.

The study of historical and contemporary artists, exploring ideas and visual communication form the basis of your study whatever your specialism. You will compile a portfolio of work to help provide access into higher education or employment. All students participate in exhibitions throughout the course, including an end of year exhibition. Students will also participate in visits to museums and galleries to inspire their practice. You also have access to trips and residentials, visiting speakers and professional facilities. Previous groups have visited New York, St Ives, London and European destinations. Work placements and work readiness take place throughout the course to ensure you are ready to progress your studies or enter the workplace.

Throughout the course you cover a broad range of skills and approaches to art and design, that may include:

  • Visual culture (art history and theory)
  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Installation
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Graphic design
  • Performance art.

Assessment Methods

You are continually assessed through practical and written assignments, a practical exam and external moderation. Your progress is monitored by tutorials and seminars.

Progression Options

On successful completion, you could start our Foundation Diploma in Art & Design pre degree programme or head straight to university to study a degree in subjects such as textiles, interior design, photography, architecture, game design, animation, illustration, graphic design, fine art, education, set design, media makeup, costume design or applied arts. Some of these options are available at our own University Centre Somerset. Alternatively, you could find employment at junior level or a Creative Apprenticeship in areas such as display, the clothing and fashion industry, graphic design and community arts or events promotion.

Course Summary

Course Title Art and Design Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range including maths and English, or an appropriate Level 2 qualification. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview and evidence of creative work in a portfolio is beneficial.

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An apprenticeship has been the best option for me since I benefit from working in the industry as well as gaining a qualification. College days give me time to work on my assignments and explore features in the software I haven’t covered at work. During the rest of the week, I develop client relationships which help build my confidence and improve my ability to express ideas.

Heidi Prole - Level 3 Apprenticeship in Graphic Design

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