OCR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

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OCR Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Who is this course for?

This course is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge required to pursue a career in the field of Art & Design either as a professional artist or working within a wide range of creative industries. 



What are the entry requirements for the course?

Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade C (grades 4)  or above, one of these must be English Language or Maths

Mature students or those with alternative qualifications/experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Please contact us if you are unsure if you meet the entry criteria


How long is this course?

A 2 year full-time course beginning September 2017, ending June 2019.


What will I study on this course?

The course comprises 18 individual units over 2 years.

Units are a mixture of theoretical/academic & practical/skills based topics.

Students will study a wide range of subjects covering both practical and theoretical areas of Art & Design including, but not limited to: drawing, painting, 3D, textiles, graphics , photography, sculpture, illustration, fashion.  During the second year there are greater opportunities to specialise within a chosen area.

Students will attend a weekly lesson of Historical and Contextual Studies which may include formal lectures, visits to galleries, museums and market research.

Throughout the course the students will have the opportunity to work with outside agencies on live briefs or take part in competitions and commissions.  At the end of the course the students organise and take part in a large group exhibition.



What Qualification will I gain?

OCR Extended Diploma in Art & Design (equivalent to 3 ‘A Levels’ for a total of 120-420 UCAS points, depending on grades achieved).


Will I go out on work experience?

Throughout the course there will be live briefs, interim exhibitions, work placement opportunites or a work shadowing scheme. 

Students are encouraged to take part in competitions and commissions.


What does this course lead on to?

•     Progresison is either to Degree level study in Art & Design related fields or employment 

•     Employment within a wide range of creative and communication industries

For those students wishing to progress on to university, there is plenty of support with portfolio building and the UCAS process.


How much will it cost?

  • £36 per year subscription fee
  • £150 per year course material fee
  • There may also be an off-island study trip


How can I find out more?

For more information, please contact Employability of 608752 or email employability@highlands.ac.uk


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