Art & Design Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3 (Bridgwater) | Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

Who the course is for?

L3 Creative Digital Design:

The purpose of the Level 3 Creative Digital Design Diploma is to provide you with industry standard skills in a range of specialist creative practices, according to your specialist preferences. It will also provide you with a chance to develop knowledge and skills relating to creative practices with the view to seeking employment or proceeding to further study in this area.

This qualification aims to increase your knowledge and skills within creative practices utilised in industry. The qualification will help you to understand the following:

  • Photography: studio photography, digital photography, dark room based photographic skills
  • Animation
  • Digital drawing
  • Character design
  • Graphic Design
  • Motion Graphics
  • Videography
  • Typography

L3 Media Make-Up:

  • Life-casting
  • Sculpting
  • Entry-level latex prosthetics
  • Special Effects Make-up
  • Life-drawing
  • Character and Make-up design
  • Hair Art
  • Body Painting
  • 3D digital sculpting: Z-Brush
  • 3D Printing
  • L3 Applied Arts and Textiles:
  • Drawing: observational, life-drawing, digital drawing
  • Painting: exploring a range of mediums and painting styles
  • Sculpting: portraiture, ceramics, glazing, plaster work, maquettes and scale models
  • Casting: life-casting, plaster casting
  • Printmaking: linocut, screen printing, sublimation
  • Basic garment construction
  • Domestic sewing machine skills
  • Fabric manipulation: applique, felting, gathering
  • Embroidery: hand, machine and free-motion embroidery
  • Weaving and hand-knitting/crochet
  • Fabric dyeing techniques: natural and synthetic dyes

What makes this course special?

This course will provide a gateway to career possibilities within creative industries of which there are many skills shortages.

The Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma Pathways in Art & Design are designed qualifications that provide students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further or higher education and training. The skills developed throughout these qualifications may also support students to progress into appropriate level roles, training programmes or apprenticeships in the creative sector. All pathways provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within qualification structures that are stimulating and demanding.The Diplomas aim to develop students’ understanding and application of visual language and the creative process, enabling them to develop creative ideas and produce creative outcomes.

‘The creative industries rank among the world’s fastest-growing sectors. They provide high-quality employment, drive innovation, and support civic and social wellbeing. According to the Government, in recent years they have generated more value to the UK economy than the life sciences, aerospace and automotive industries combined. Much of the growth potential lies in areas that combine technology with creativity.’ At risk: our creative future,

Communications and Digital Committee, House of Lords, 2nd Report of Session 2022-23.

Additional costs:

Studio Fees: A payment of £70 at the beginning of each year of study, to cover basic equipment costs. As students develop their specialist practices throughout the course, should they so choose to use particular materials to create work, they will need to purchase these materials at an additional cost to themselves.

Assessment Methods

Unit 1: Diagnostic Investigation in Art & Design: formative coursework projects and an externally assessed summative examined project in the first year of study. Unit 2: Specialist Practice in Art & Design: formative coursework projects and an internally assessed summative final project in the second year of study.

Progression Options

  • L3 or L4 Creative Apprenticeships
  • HE Degree Level Study at University Centre Somerset
  • Employment in related sectors

Course Summary

Course Title Art & Design Applied General Extended Diploma Level 3 (Bridgwater)
Attendance Requirements You will attend face to face learning for all timetabled sessions.
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My animation skills have improved greatly since I have been learning at BTC. The College uses specialist software such as Adobe Animate and the equipment we use is the same that is used in industry. Alongside my course I am a member of the BTC Animation Academy where we do even more animation and enter competitions.

Dylan Jones

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