Why Should You Take This Course?
The Art & Design Extended Diploma is an opportunity for students who wish to study a broad based course leading to a specialism in this field. It is a practical course supported by written research into related historical and contemporary Art and Design movements and practice. It includes trips to local and national galleries as well as utilising opportunities to exhibit in prestigious local galleries. Students will be supported to develop their professional skills in preparation for a career in Art & Design.
Students study for an 18 unit qualification over two years. There are compulsory units which embrace transferable skills such as visual recording, contextual influences, materials techniques and processes, communicating ideas and concepts in Art and Design. Along with further specialism within areas such as: Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography and Textile Design.
How will I be assessed?
All units comprise of taught and independently guided practical and written assignments which focus upon the different skills needed to develop work within specific practical areas. All 18 units must be completed to achieve the full qualification.
Are there any special expenses?
You will be expected to have the necessary basic materials and equipment such as pencils, paint brushes, needles, some fabrics, photographic paper, sketchbooks and a portfolio case. Other costs will be for some specialist materials for personal projects and trips such as visits to galleries and museums.
What could I do next?
It is an ideal course for those aiming to progress onto Foundation Diploma, HND or Degree level in a specialist area. There is a wealth of diverse careers in the Creative Industries which include practical fine art and design making, to illustration, interior design, architecture, art direction, film, television, animation, teaching, gallery administration and curating.