Course Overview

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding developed on the Level 3 Diploma and will extend your experience by further developing practical methods and skills for creative production in areas such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles Design, Interior Design, 3D Design and Photography. The final major project at the end of the year allows you to specialise in one of the areas to enable progression to Higher Education study of your chosen discipline.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma qualification is designed for students who want to study art and design full-time and develop the necessary skills, knowledge and understanding through a variety of art and design disciplines to enable progression to Higher Education study of their chosen discipline.

You will also learn to critically review and evaluate the effectiveness of methods, actions and results of your work.

A variety of disciplines Art and design disciplines will be covered such as Fine Art, Graphic Design, Fashion & Textiles Design, Interior Design, 3D Design and Photography. A Major Project at the end of the year allows for specialisation within the disciplines to allow for more in depth knowledge and sophisticated understanding of a specific area.

Taking responsibility for research, planning and time management will enable you to become a more independent learner, a key requirement in Higher Education, and will support you in developing your portfolio on your chosen discipline for progression to degree level study and selection of work for the End of Year Show.

There will be opportunities to engage in external projects and competitions. Your experience will be enriched through visits to local galleries and exhibitions and may include visits to locations such as London, Liverpool and Newcastle.










Course Structure

Through project briefs you will develop a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches with art, design or related subject of study or work.  You will also develop how to research analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions.


Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English language and Mathematics.

An art, design or related subject or equivalent 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 A*-C in these subjects when you commence 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.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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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 FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].