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Art and Design

Level 3 Cambridge Technical 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, character design, illustration 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

This will complete six units throughout the academic year these are: 

Painting & Drawing - this project will include observational drawing, mark making, expressive and technical drawing, colour theory and digital drawing.  You will have the opportunity to work with acrylics, watercolours, inks, latex, charcoal, pens and much more!

Sculpture - we will work with clay, wire, plaster, glass and card to create your own 3D structures. You will learn a variety of joining and construction techniques while working in our ceramics and 3D studios. 

Character Design & Illustration - during this project you will design your own character, narrative and environment. You will learn how to draw the human form, different facial expression and how to create movement within your character design. We will also look at how to create animals, aliens, monsters and everything in between. Your character will be drawn in 2D but also made into a 3D model as well. 

Photography & Graphics - you will explore both digital and dark room photography in this project. With the opportunity to use our DSLR's, photography studio and dark room to take professional photographs.  You will look at graphic layout, use of typography, learn how to edit your work using photoshop and how to communicate your ideas to your target market. 

Textiles & Fashion - during this project you will learn how to alter and adapt existing clothes, how to print onto and dye fabrics, construction and fabric manipulation techniques, weaving and how to use the sewing machines. 

Final Project - this is completely your choice, you will select the area of art and design that you have enjoyed the most and your project will be focused around artists working in this discipline, you will develop and produce your final piece which will then be displayed in our end of year exhibition. 

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: 12/09/2022
Duration: 1 Year
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