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Art & Design Level 3 (3D, Graphics, Photography & Fashion)

This 2 year, Level 3 course is an alternative to A Levels if you are interested in the visual creative field and gives you the opportunity to bridge the gap between school life and further progression within the creative field or work environment. In the second year, you will choose one of the following pathways : Graphics, Photography, Fine Art, 3D or Fashion and Textiles.

Course Level:
Level 3
2 Years
Aireville Campus
Awarding Body:

Our fantastic industry standard facilities include a Commercial Graphics Studio equipped with Mac Computers, Photography Studio, 3D modelling and Animation Suite with Adobe Creative Cloud, Fashion, textiles and 3D Design studios as well as individual Fine Art spaces.

In the first year you will explore your creativity in a vibrant and exciting department, where you will develop briefs and ideas in Photography, Graphics, Fashion and Textiles, 3D and Fine Art. All of these areas will play an important role in deciding your choice of 2nd year pathway. The first year is an exploration year, giving you the opportunity to try new techniques and creative attitudes in preparing to become one of the next generation of artists and designers.

The second year sees you developing your own ideas in a more mature manner and ready to discover more specialised skills in your chosen pathway, as well as exploring across disciplines. This will prepare you for progression either to university / higher education courses or to future work placements. The projects constantly challenge your creativity, allowing you to find your voice in your unique personal way. This course culminates with a unique opportunity to display work in a very well prepared summer exhibition, the best showcase for a future creative career.

We constantly work with galleries, arts organisations, universities and businesses in order to provide students with opportunities to showcase their work.

  • Explore Research Skills
  • Introduction to Materials, Processes & Technical Skills
  • Develop Ideas in 2D, 3D & Digital Media
  • Prepare for progression in Art & Design
  • Develop an Art & Design Project


  • Explore Research Skills
  • Prepare for Progression in Art & Design
  • Develop an Art & Design Project
  • Engaging With an Audience

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs 9-4 or Art & Design Level 2 (Merit/Distinction) including English & Maths GCSEs 9-4 and Art/Design Technology GCSE 9-5
  • Portfolio of Art & Design work

Your choices may include:

  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Graphic Designer / Illustrator
  • Game designer
  • Interior Designer/Set Designer
  • Jewellery Maker / 3D Designer
  • Photographer/Film Maker

Your choices may include:

  • Art & Design Foundation Studies
  • HNC/HND Art Practice
  • HNC/HND Photography/Graphics
  • Art & Design BA (Hons)
  • Design for Industry BA (Hons)
  • Fine Art BA (Hons)
  • Fashion BA (Hons)
  • Graphics BA (Hons)
  • Photography BA (Hons)
  • Textiles BA (Hons)