Art: Fashion, Interiors and Set Design Level 3 Extended Diploma


The Extended Diploma, equivalent to three A Levels, is a two-year, full-time course that meets entry requirements for learners who want to progress to higher education courses in art and design areas before entering employment. Equally the course provides a fantastic vehicle to prepare for employment in the industry.
Learners taking this qualification will study two mandatory learning and teaching modules:
• Exploring and Developing Art and Design Skills
• Advancing Creative Practice
These provide the potential to not only develop your skills from fashion and design to media based work and set design, but also to prepare you for working professionally in the sector.
There are no exams with this course: your work is assessed via a number of briefs, and the weighting of scores comes from the second year; so you have time to develop those all-important skills.

What will I study in Art: Fashion, Interiors and Set Design Level 3 Extended Diploma?

Image and mark

Traditional and non-traditional including: drawing, painting, print making, mixed media and photography.

Fashion wearable

Explore areas such as: costume, garments, textiles, accessories, headwear, wearable products, jewellery and styling.

Space and form

Exploration of areas such as: interior design, stage and prop making including prosthetics.  Using digital modelling techniques and physical production and fabricating with a range of materials.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE’s at grade 4 - one of which should be in an art subject.

Candidates without an art related GCSE will be required to demonstrate evidence to art staff.

All students will be required to do a summer “Flying start” project.

Students without either level 2 maths or English will be required to retake their GCSE’s.

How will I learn?

There are two teaching and learning modules in two large blocks, to allow for deep and integrated delivery of content.

It will be an expectation that all students find and engage with a meaningful course-related work experience in their own time.

There are five content areas for all disciplines:

  1.  Informing ideas – interpreting a brief, investigating and analysing information
  2. Problem solving – process of reflecting, generating concept, testing and reviewing own work.
  3. Technical skills – practical manipulation of materials using technical skills.
  4. Professional practise – variety of roles, management of time and resources. Working safely
  5. Communication - creation of meaning and message to clients and audience.

How will I be assessed?

There are no exams, students are graded on practical evidence produced for projects submitted

33.3% of the grade comes from the first year of the course from the module exploring and developing art and design skills, which contains the two assessment units:

  • A1 skills development (16.6%)
  • A2 creative project (also 16.6%)

In the second-year module B – Advancing creative practise makes up 66.6% of the grade, it consists of two units:

  • B1 personal progression (16.6%)
  • B2 Creative industry response (50%)

The advantage of weighting the grade to the second year of the course is that the students can demonstrate the true potential of their knowledge and skills.

Any trips?

Likely to be, but not known at this moment in time.

Are there any costs involved?

There will be an art pack and ongoing material costs


Are there exams?

No - you are accessed on your coursework

If I fail to get the required grades can I still apply for the course?

You will be required to demonstrate your interest and skills.

Available As

Extended Diploma
[168 UCAS pts. available]

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