Level 3 Diploma Art and Design

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
2 years
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £5421 per year, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will help you explore your interest in art and design through the use of different materials, techniques and processes. You will carry out research to develop Fine Art ideas and concepts.

On completion of this course, you will be prepared for higher education study, or employment within the art and design industry.


The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career within the sector. You will be introduced to an exciting range of art and design pathways, and will develop and understanding of ideas and concepts and contextual influences.

This practical qualification will allow you to explore, develop and test your creativity. You will develop an extensive range of skills that are required for progression into any creative discipline.


Year 1:
  • Visual Recording
  • Materials Techniques and Processes
  • Ideas and Concepts
  • Visual Communication
  • Contextual Influences.

Year 2:
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation
  • Promoting Art and Design Work
  • Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
  • Generating Fine Art Ideas
  • Fine Art Principles
  • Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas
  • Printmaking
  • Surface Pattern.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Formative feedback will be an integral part of your learning and progression and will include practical and written assessments, critiques, presentations and one-to-one tutorials. You will have a supportive team of art and design staff to assist you throughout the programme. Our objective is to prepare you with a sound basis for your future career.

Maths and English


Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

Our students gain valuable employment experience through live briefs, guest speakers and competitions. Past students have accepted fantastic opportunities to work with a range of organisations, including:
  • Life Olympia
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Gillian Arnold Designs
  • The Woodpile
  • The Gala Theatre
  • Durham Market.

You will be provided with numerous opportunities to showcase your artwork and gain valuable experience of curating an exhibition. It has been known for students to gain commission work.


You will undertake a meaningful ten day work placement, to develop your skills and knowledge in a relevant area. You will take part in employability sessions to ensure you develop the key skills for full-time employment.

You could progress to FdA Visual Arts or FdA Graphic Design at New College Durham, or a relevant subject at university.

Alternatively, you could gain employment within the art and design industry.

What else?


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

Additional Costs

You will be expected to pay £20 each academic year to cover costs for trips and consumables. The College will provide specialist resources where possible.

You will be required to have access to your own materials and equipment. These can be purchased for approximately £30 (dependant on supplier).

Interview Instructions

You will be invited to attend an interview. At this stage, you will be required to bring a portfolio of artwork - a range of different processes would be favourable. You may include sketchbook work as well as photographs.
Further Education

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Entry Criteria

In order to access this course, you must possess a minimum of four GCSEs at grades C or above (or equivalent), ideally this will include maths and English, or a relevant Level 2 qualification.