Art & Design Level 3

This Level 3 course is primarily about focusing, developing and extending your fundamental skills in Art and Design. You will develop practical and creative skills that transfer easily into the workplace and are underpinned with a critical appreciation, knowledge and understanding.




Level 3

Course Type

16 +


Options Course Code Starts Ends
apply 60031y1 09/09/24 04/07/25

What will I study?

During this exciting and engaging full-time art and design course, you will acquire the knowledge and skills required for employment and develop the behaviours and attributes needed to progress and succeed in education and work.

We will take you through an immersive and diverse set of units, each centred on one aspect of 2D or 3D Art and Design. From drawing, painting and sculpture, through printmaking, photography, fashion and textiles and onto illustration and graphic design. You will work on a series of practical assignments which link together thematically through the first year so that you can develop and find your true personal focus. The final project of the year will allow you to specialise in an area of personal interest and development. Your assignments often have a vocational focus and require you to respond to the needs of a client. Your work is often exhibited and uses in real-world situations. With this approach, you will work on a series of tasks, often to deadline and learn professionalism as well as excellence in your area of interest.

What previous qualifications or experience do I need?

Minimum five grade 4-9 at GCSE or successful completion of the Level 2 course, and English and/or maths at grade 4. A portfolio of work will be required.

How will I be assessed?

This is an exam-free qualification which means you will be assessed entirely by coursework assignments. Coursework is continuous and frequent, and you will receive regular formative assessments for each unit as well as frequent one-to-one tutorial support and feedback throughout all the projects.

What qualification will I achieve?

Once you have completed this course, you will achieve a Cambridge Technical Art & Design Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma. This is comprised of nine equally weighted units, which are the equivalent of 1.5 A-Levels.

What can I do after completing this course?

Once you have finished this course, you will have a portfolio of work and be ready to progress onto our Art & Design Foundation in Eastbourne or Hastings. You may also think about starting an Art degree course with us in Hastings or look at other universities across the country.

Are there any extra costs?

There will be material costs of £100. In addition, you will need to purchase essential art and design equipment. There is a compulsory requirement to have an art box with everyday art materials and an A1 portfolio that holds plastic sleeves, as this will facilitate the external moderation process. You are required to work in A3/A4 hardback sketchbooks, have access to a wide range of art design equipment, a decent quality digital camera, and a memory stick. You also need access to or own a 35mm SLR film camera to allow you to undertake the film photography unit.

Additional Info

This course provides a high-quality alternative to A-Levels and involves compulsory trips and visits, usually one trip per term, to galleries, museums and sculpture parks. The international trip, often arranged annually, is optional.