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Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art & Design

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Course Description

If you’re bursting with creativity and looking to express yourself as you work towards a thrilling career, then you are the perfect person to study our Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design.

This course is taught at our Rochdale Campus in Rochdale, Greater Manchester. It’s here where you’ll find the ultimate setting to tap into your talent and develop your skills.

You’ll have no problem getting inspired as you work from our specially designed workshops and studios. It’s the ideal place to plan, create and exhibit your work – whether it’s painting, sculpture, ceramics or any other form of art.

In addition, you’ll learn from our expert tutors who themselves have achieved many accolades in the art world. These individuals will support you as you hone your craft and work towards an exciting career.

This Level 3 course is our most advanced pathway and is perfect for you if you are looking to a cover a number of exciting topics as you establish a strong grounding in Art & Design.

You’ll finish the course with a highly developed and thorough understanding of the subject, with detailed knowledge of the industry and a firm grasp of where your skillset can take you.

*This course is taught at our Rochdale Campus, located in Rochdale Town Centre, Greater Manchester.


BTEC Creatives Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

Entry Requirements

  • 4 GCSEs grade 4 or above to include English and Maths
  • or a Level 2 qualification

If you have not attained GCSE grades 4-9 in English and Maths you will automatically be enrolled in classes to work towards these qualifications at the college.


You'll study a wide range of units which are designed to give you the perfect foundation for a career in Art & Design.

The following topics will provide you with a strong portfolio of evidence to allow you to progress to the next level of study:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Textile Design
  • Printmaking
  • Digital Photography
  • Fashion
  • Photographic Screen Printing
  • Animation
  • Fabric Manipulation
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Mixed Media

We also offer a range of educational trips to enhance the learning experience, including; a residential trip to London, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Liverpool Tate Gallery, Crosby Beach and Manchester Art Galleries.

Work Experience

There is no specific work experience required or undertaken for this course. However, students gain the skills and knowledge needed to study further and for future employment.


You will find that there is a world of opportunity to seize upon completion of this course. This includes progressing to study Higher Education at University.

There will be a large number of careers for you to pursue, with many students having gone into the following roles:

  • Fashion Journalism
  • Arts Worker
  • Costume Designer
  • Fashion Marketing
  • Animator, Illustrator
  • Artist
  • Arts Producer
  • Interior Designer
  • Fashion Designer
  • Textile Designer
  • Surface Pattern Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Product Designer
  • Furniture Maker
  • Photographer
  • Audio-visual technician
  • Prop Designer
  • Architect
  • Web Designer
  • Games Designer
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