Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Art & Design

Start date(s):
31 Aug 2020
1 year
Level 3
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
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Awarded by:
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19+ - £3345, your course may be free
(previous year's fees)


This course will provide you with the opportunity to explore your passion for art and design. You will study elements of fine art, printmaking, illustration, textiles, fashion, surface pattern design, and craft production before choosing to focus on one pathway.

You will develop your skills through workshops and assignments, and gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of relevant historical, cultural and contextual influences. Guest speakers, exhibitions, educational visits, live briefs and competitions will enhance your learning experience.



The course is designed to stretch and challenge those who are looking to progress into a career within the art and design industry. You will be introduced to an exciting range of specialisms, including printmaking, illustration, textiles, fashion, and fine art.

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


The course includes the following units:
  • Visual Recording – you will select and visually record a range of sources in order to communicate information to different audiences, using appropriate presentation methods and for a range of specific purposes
  • Materials Techniques and Processes – you will work safely and creatively with various materials, techniques and processes associated with your specialist pathway
  • Ideas and Concepts – you will broaden and deepen your skills, knowledge and understanding of creative thinking, across contemporary and historical art and design, in order to inform your own practice
  • Visual Communication – you will develop your knowledge and understanding of skills in communication through art and design. You will study how practitioners use primarily visual imagery to communicate ideas, messages and meaning, and then apply your findings
  • Contextual Influences - you will understand historical and cultural influences, and how they inform art, craft, and design. This will be achieved through research and critical analysis, and applying it to your developing practice.

You will be required to choose one optional unit – details will be provided on commencement of the course.

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

Alongside developing a good grounding of basic art and design skills, you will be encouraged to explore and develop experimental strategies to enhance your creativity in all assignments. You will take part in a number of innovative practical and written assignments and will be advised on how you could improve.

Formative feedback will be an integral part of your learning and progression. You will complete a range of:
  • Written assessments
  • Critiques
  • Presentations
  • One-to-one tutorials
  • Constructive discussions
  • Critical thinking.

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

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Maths & English

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

Industry links:

We are very proud of the strong industry links we hold. To enhance your experience, we work with a number of industry professionals. We have strong links with the following well-established organisations within the art and design industry:


You will undertake a structured 10-day work placement, to develop your skills and knowledge in a relevant area. You will be supported throughout the course and will attend sessions to prepare you with work-ready skills for employment within the industry.

You could progress onto a higher education programme in a relevant subject at New College Durham or university. Alternatively, you could pursue a career within the creative industry, which could include animator, fashion designer, illustrator, photographer, production designer, fine artist, architect or community arts worker.

Meet our students

What else?

You could visit the following local art galleries: The Biscuit Factory or The Baltic.
If you are interested in glass art, visit the Crushed Chilli Gallery or the National Glass Centre.


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

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Fees and funding

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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-£50 (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 - range of processes would be preferable.

You will be asked a series of questions so we can find out more about you and your career aspirations. We will happily answer any questions you may have.

Further Education

Getting ready for your college interview

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Entry Criteria

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