Art and Design Level 3 Extended Diploma

If you are planning an exciting and rewarding future in art and design, then the Visual Arts and Design pathway is the right choice for you.

  • Level

    Level 3

  • Type


  • Study Mode


  • Duration

    2 Years

  • Location

    Farnham College

Explore your creativity and stretch your creative talents as far as they can go. You will have a unique opportunity to work with other creative students and exhibit your work at our popular end of year events.

This course is a practical, work-related alternative to the more theoretical A levels. Employers, Universities and Higher Education Colleges recognise successful completion of this course as the equivalent of three A level qualifications.

Those with a keen interest in art and design and who want to explore their creativity, develop new skills and investigate the work of other artists.

An enjoyable and challenging subject, which boasts high achievement rates and the opportunity to learn in specially designed art and design studios.


First Year – areas studied can include:

  • Drawing and painting, including life drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • 3D Design, Ceramics
  • History of Art & Design
  • Graphic Design, Illustration
  • Multimedia and digital photography

Second Year (Dependent on successful completion of first year)

In the second year, emphasis is placed on choosing an area to specialise in the selection of work for a portfolio, eg: Fine art, textiles, photography, graphic design and in the preparation for applications to University and employment.

Learn a range of skills and methods and experiment with different personal approaches in specially designed art and design workshops.


For coursework, students must produce written reports, evaluations and show evidence of planning, research and organisational skills.

Students can progress into an entry level job in the art of design industries. Or upon successful completion of the second year, students can progress into Higher Education.

At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above, including English Language, Maths and an Art-based subject.

You will be required to provide a range of basic art materials to include pencils, brushes, pens, paint, pastels etc. An A1 portfolio will be essential to store your work, as well as sketchbooks.

The costs of these materials will be approximately £40 for year 1 and £40 for year 2.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Farnham College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    Courses available

  • 95%

    of our graduates go into work or higher education

  • 65+

    years of teaching experience

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