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Art and Design

Level 3 OCR Introductory Diploma in Art and Design

Full Time

Course Overview

Designed for people with less experience in art and design, or lower level GCSEs, this one-year course will provide the instruction, guidance and encouragement you need to progress to our two-year Level 3 Art and Design course.

The course is varied and covers fine art, textiles and fashion, graphics, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture.

You will have access to well-equipped studios with professional machinery and materials. The course is carefully structured to enable you to achieve your potential, culminating in a final major project as part of your progression to Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design or employment.

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Course Content

Students will be introduced to a wide range of techniques and learn new processes within Art and Design including, observational drawing, painting, black & white darkroom photography, digital photography, Photoshop, textiles, printmaking, 3D processes,  including wood, metals, plastics and glass, mould making and laser cutting.

This will take place over six units throughout the academic year and will explore a range of Art and Design disciplines before taking more ownership in their final project of the year and selecting which media they would like to progress with.

Project work is supported and inspired by a wide variety of trips to London, Oxford and Portsmouth to exploring art galleries and museums to gain primary research and inspiration.

Students are expected to study for an additional 5-10 hours outside of timetabled hours.

Entry Requirement

  • Five GCSEs at grade 3 or above, including English and maths or Level 1 Functional Skills.
  • A good portfolio of work to show.


Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course through assignments based upon current art and design practice.  All work is produced through coursework and projects. There are no exams.

The course uses practical activities to assess coursework, including peer review, self assessment, presentations, practical activities and exhibitions.

Where does this course lead to

Recognised route onto the Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Art & Design or employment

UCAS points for this course:
D* (56)
D* (48)
M (32)
P (16)

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Course Outline

Course Code: FF37
Study Mode: Full Time
Location: Basingstoke
Start Date: 06/09/2021
Duration: 1 Year
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