Fine Art Diploma Level 3
- September 2021, 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).
Enjoyable, varied and challenging. You will learn specialist skills in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and digital media; alongside studying historical and contemporary artists and designers. You will be guided through unites within studio projects. As you progress you will develop skills in problem solving, generating, developing and refining ideas and analytical & communication skills.
In the summer term you will be working on a major project developing ideas in a chosen specialist area. Year two aims to support you in developing an individual creative pathway and specialist portfolio of work. You will be working more independently through a self-generated final major project, and will exhibit work in an end of year show. You will also have the opportunity to present your work in an external exhibition and develop additional skills in public art curation promotion. The focus of your studies will be towards intended progression to Higher Education or working in creative industries.
You will be guided through the units within studio projects. There will be a series of gallery visits to London and visits within Norfolk on a regular basis. Plus a study and cultural visit to a European destination.
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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.
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9 - 4 in GCSE English, A-C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. Related Level 2 Diploma at minimum Merit, plus 9 - 4 in GCSE English and portfolio of varied, good quality work. Selection is by interview.
The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.
It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.
The 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 which is graded at: PASS/MERIT or DISTINCTION.
Successful completion the Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. The design and structure of the course allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning through working with local and national clients and Higher Education providers. We always adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our teaching and learning so that our students have a broad portfolio of work and are ready to enter higher level study or careers in the creative industries.
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.