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Address City College Norwich, Ipswich Road, Norwich, NR2 2LJ

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Architecture and Interior Design, Extended Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2020

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2020, Full Time


Students study the UAL Level 3 Applied General Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design over two years. They are designed to provide post-16 students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further, higher education and training or employment.

The Extended Diploma are graded at Pass, High Pass, Merit, High Merit or Distinction, with the Distinction grade being worth 168 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 full A Levels at A* grade).

On this new and exciting course you will gain skills and experience for a career in interior design, product design, architecture, sculpture, set design for TV and film, stage design for theatre and furniture design.

We aim to develop your 3 dimensional understanding from research and conceptualisation through to prototyping and construction. During the course you will learn the principles of 3 dimensional methodology; developing your drawing skills (figurative, environmental and reportage). You will develop material techniques and knowledge of 3D and 2D media properties combined with a sound knowledge of design methodology and history.

You will be based in the college’s Creative Arts building, but this is a client-facing collaborative learning environment with work in the 3D workshop and wood workshops on campus. You will also work off-site gaining experience of real work whilst touring major sites of architectural and design significance.

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Why our college?

Industry standard facilities

At our college you will have access to industry-standard facilities and get to use top of the range equipment. On our campus you’ll find media suites, TV studios, design labs, workshops, hair & beauty salons, working kitchens and a live theatre.

Gain real experiences of work

All of our courses will provide you with outstanding experiences of work and prepare you for your future career. You will work with real employers and customers and build connections.

A unique student experience

This is what really sets us apart. At our college you will experience the freedom to be yourself. Being part of an active Students’ Union, having opportunities to travel and enjoying live entertainment are just a few of the amazing opportunities available to you.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 4 GCSEs A-C ; 9-4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. Grade A-C for GCSE Art and Design or related subject. Relevant Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus 9-4 in GCSE English and GCSE Maths. A portfolio of varied, good quality work to be presented at interview.

Learning Outcomes

Students will learn to project manage a 3-D Design from concept art and design, to material selection, manipulation, prototype and final outcome. Students will develop computer-aided design skills however the main focus of the course is developing student's art, hand and craft skills as well as their skills of project management.


In year one of the course you will; Develop the basic principles of 3 dimensional methodology, developing drawing skills, both from the figure, environment and reportage Engage with spatial design, model making, sculptural processes, hand based craft, 2D and 3D visualization Develop a sound knowledge of design methodology, art and design history and its relevant conceptualization Work across selected workshops areas with an emphasis in off-site learning, exploring relevant work sites and significant architectural structures In year two you will select your preferred working methods and materials and apply those to develop a coherent portfolio of work. This portfolio will be driven by your progression choice i.e. either degree route, apprenticeships or full time employment.


he Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a series of projects that are designed to broaden student’s skills, experience and expertise. The projects are multi-disciplinary and require students to work collaboratively and pro-actively with fellow students as well as external clients and stakeholders. A final end-point assessment (commonly referred to as the Final Major Project) decides the student’s overall grade for the year


Successful completion of the Diploma allows students to progress onto the Extended Diploma in the second year.

Career Progression

City College Norwich is a member of the University of the Arts London Progression Partnership to promote the recruitment of talented, creative students from high quality further education institutions to UAL higher education degree level courses. The course team also work with local and national higher education providers such as NUA and UAL colleges to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for their next step. We also work collaboratively with local, national and international artists and creative agencies to provide fantastic experience of work for our students and also to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry. City College Norwich also has an outstanding Apprenticeship team who can provide advice and guidance for students wishing to follow an Apprenticeship route into the industry.
For those students who choose not to pursue careers within the creative industries the course provides fantastic opportunities to develop collaborative working skills, problem-solving, creative and the higher order evaluative skills demanded by universities and employers


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop. Please check our Finance pages for information on loans, bursaries, fee information and student travel offers that are available. Alternatively please contact the Advice Shop.

All students will need to provide their own basic equipment, with a list provided during induction. Students pay for enrichment trips and educational visits during the academic year. International trips are optional and are at additional cost payable by the student.