Art and Design (Design and Image or Art and Fashion/Textiles) Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3 - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Informed by employers in the creative industries and some of Europe’s top creative higher education institutions, this course looks at the relationship between creative disciplines and how they work together in real-world contexts.

The course allows for extensive experimentation and development of ideas from across the art and design spectrum to be used in graphic design, photography, art or fashion/textiles. Starting broadly in year one there is an opportunity to engage in specialist areas in year two. A dynamic mixture of industry briefs and challenging creative problems allows you to build an exciting portfolio, leaning towards an area of specialism. You will be introduced to visual language, research skills, critical and contextual awareness, materials, processes and technical skills, as well as audience engagement. These are all skills required by employers in the creative industries and the top universities.

Topics as appropriate to individual pathways may include:

  • Introduction to design principles
  • Darkroom, location and studio photography techniques
  • Branding and packaging design
  • Digital and traditional photography
  • Drawing and material processes
  • Media and moving image software skills
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Fine art painting and sculpture
  • Fashion design and construction
  • Traditional and digital printed textiles
  • Life drawing
  • Contextual studies.

Your practical studio-based experience is enriched through a stimulating programme of residential trips and visits. 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.

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 (Design and Image or Art and Fashion/Textiles) Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3
Entry Requirements

You need five GCSEs in the 9 to 4 range preferably including maths and English, or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design at Merit grade or above. 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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