Course Overview

The Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (one year) will introduce you to a variety of Art and Design disciplines such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion/Textile Design, Interior Design, and 3D Design. The final major project at the end of the first year allows you to specialise in one of the areas and supports your progression to the second year of the course (Extended Diploma).


Course Structure

The Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design will introduce you to , and allow you to specialise in, disciplines such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography Fashion/Textile Design, Interior Design, and 3D Design.

You will develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches with art and design. Working with specialist staff in purpose-built studios and workshops will give you the opportunity to explore your ideas through practical application. You will also learn how to research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative outcomes A Major Project at the end of year 1 encourages further specialisation within the disciplines to allow for more in-depth knowledge and sophisticated understanding of a specific area.

On successful completion of the first year, you will be in a position to progress to the Extended Diploma in Art and Design and we will advise on other qualification combinations if required. 

You will be encouraged to specialise further in the second year, building on your skills and knowledge to finalise a portfolio and consider your progression routes, be it Higher Education, apprenticeships or the wider employment market.
Taking responsibility for research, planning and time management will enable you to become a more independent learner, a key requirement in Higher Education. There will be opportunities to engage in external projects and competitions. Your experience will be enriched through visits to galleries and exhibitions. This will support you in developing your portfolio in your chosen discipline, selecting work for an End of Year Show.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English language and Mathematics, and an Art/Design related subject or Level 2 qualification in an appropriate subject.

A portfolio of art, design or related work.

You should be aged 16+.

For the Extended Diploma Level 3 course you must have successfully completed the Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at grade 4 or above in these subjects when you start your course.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
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