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Art and Design Diploma Level 3

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Paston College

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


The Diploma in Art and Design is a popular and high performing subject at Paston which encourages you to develop your own sense of artistic identity by providing you with the practical skills and research methods you need to be successful. The course is taught in completely refurbished studios, with access to great resources and display opportunities. You will have a variety of workshops in photography, graphic communication, painting, drawing, textiles and sculpture. You will learn a research technique that will help you develop your writing skills and ability to analyse art.

We offer our students fantastic opportunities to visit galleries in Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Birmingham and Norwich. Trips planned for 2019 -20 include Yorkshire Sculpture Park, The Hepworth Wakefield, London and Amsterdam.

This course is an exciting opportunity for students to commit themselves to art and design. A number of our students have gone from this course to establish a career for themselves in the creative industries. Former students are currently working as architects, photographers, shoe designers, illustrators and graphic designers. If that is what you would like to do then come and join us.

What sort of things will I do on the course?

Drawing workshops to explore the importance of mark making, line selection and tone.
Visits to galleries and artists’ studios to help enrich your research. Recent trips have included Berlin, Amsterdam, London, Birmingham NEC and Norwich.
Exhibit your work publicly.
Graphics including digital workshops using Photoshop© and Illustrator© to set briefs.
Exhibit your work at the Paston Art Show.
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Why Our College?

Unique opportunities

You will have the opportunity to go on trips and visits to view the work of various artists and inspire your own work

Excellent facilities

This course is taught in our completely refurbished studios, with access to great resources and display opportunities

Industry insights

To develop your knowledge of the industry, we arrange a variety of visiting artist talks. This includes lecturers from Norwich University of the Arts and guest speakers

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 grade 4s at GCSE or Merit/Distinction in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade 4 at GCSE.

You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

Additional entry requirements for this course: Grade 5 in Art at GCSE or Merit/Distinction in a relevant Level 2 Diploma.

You will need to present a portfolio of work at interview.

Learning Outcomes

You will develop an understanding of the importance and influence of the work of artists and designers to develop and realise your own creative intentions. You will produce a portfolio of art and design work to support progression to higher education. You will study some core units that will give you a broad experience and gain knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the creative process to develop your creative voice.


Within the first year Diploma course you will study 9 units. 8 units are set and marked internally on a pass/referral basis. Unit 8 Developing an art and design project is marked internally at Pass, Merit or Distinction and externally moderated by UAL.
In the second year you complete a further 4 units in order to achieve the Extended Diploma. 3 units are marked internally at Pass/ referral with Unit 13 Project proposal and realisation in art and design marked internally at Pass, Merit or Distinction. Unit 13 is externally standardised by UAL.


You will be assessed against the following project-based units:
Unit 1: Introduction to visual language in art & design.
Unit 2: Introduction to research skills in art & design.
Unit 3: Introduction to critical and contextual awareness in art & design.
Unit 3: Introduction to material, processes and technical skills in art & design.
Unit 5: An integrated approach to 2D problem solving in art & design.
Unit 6: An integrated approach to 3D problem solving in art & design.
Unit 7: An integrated approach to times based problem solving in art & design.
Unit 8: Developing and art & design project.
Unit 9: Opportunities for progression in art & design.

Unit 8 is your end point assessment which is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

The Diploma qualification at the end of year one awards the following UCAS points:
Pass - 36
Merit - 60
Distinction 84

The Extended Diploma at Distinction level is worth 168 UCAS points which is the equivalent of three full (2-year) A Levels at grade A.


Most students from the course go on to university to study a wide range of creative disciplines such as Illustration, Fashion Design, Textiles, Photography, Graphic Design and Fine Art. Paston has a Progression Accord with the Norwich University of the Arts which gives Paston students the option to study locally for a wide range of creative arts degree courses. The college is also a UAL Progressions Partner for University Arts London, which provides access to admission and course tutors from prestigious UAL Colleges such as Central Saint Martins, London School of Fashion, Camberwell College of Arts & London College of Communication

Career Progression

The creative industry sector is a thriving one; this course can give you access to a career in this field. It is also a perfect foundation for Higher Education.
Ex- Paston students have left this course to go on to study Architecture, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Textiles/ Fashion and Photography. Ex-students have gone straight from the course with a strong portfolio and secured apprenticeships at an architecture firm as well as a firm of graphic designers. Ex students have gone on to work as shoe designers, illustrators, fashion designers for Boohoo, architects and teachers.


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.

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.

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