Course Details

  • Designed for anyone who would like to go on to study specialist art & design disciplines at university level, this Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design provides the essential foundational studies you’ll need to make the transition from a general exploration of the subject to a more in-depth focus of core topics.

    It will also help you decide which areas of art & design you’d like to further your skills in. You’ll cover a wide range of media and material throughout the duration of the Diploma, including painting and drawing, sculpting, illustration, graphics (both digital and traditional), textiles and photography. As you boost your confidence in the use of concepts and vocabulary through practical assignments, you’ll also be fostering your own individual creative development.

    You’ll develop a range of skills that will be essential for both further study and employment in the industry, such as teamwork, creative thinking, research skills and problem solving. Your Diploma is awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body, the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.

  • 16-18
    A minimum of 1 x A-Level or a vocationally related qualification, and ideally 4 x GCSEs at Grade 4.
    Work Experience is a vital part of the course and you will be supported in finding a work placement relevant to your study.

    19+
    A small portfolio of work demonstrating personal interests.

  • As you complete a series of projects through the early part of the course, you’ll receive regular assessment feedback to help you improve your work and determine your own specialist pathway. Your final grade will be assessed through an internally and externally-assessed unit in your chosen specialist pathway.

  • When you have completed this Level 3 Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art & Design, you’ll have the qualification you need to apply for a range of degree programmes and university level courses. Here at The Manchester College, you could apply for a Foundation Degree in Contemporary Art Practice, Contemporary Photography Practice, Graphic Design, Film and TV Production and 3D Modelling, to name just a few.

    You could also go onto another prestigious university, and then into a rewarding career in the arts & design industry. Roles are incredibly varied, and could include anything from games design to jewellery crafts, illustration to architecture. This course will help you decide where you’d like to focus your creativity.

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  • You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.

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  • Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.

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