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Art and Design

Course Code: AD3

Level: 3
Subject area: Art & Design
Awarding body: Pearson
Qualification: Extended Diploma
Course type: Full-time
Time of Day: Daytime
Duration: Two Years
When you'll study: Wednesday - Friday, 9.00am - 5.00pm

About the course

This advanced art and design course will get your creative juices flowing! You’ll start with the basics of sculpture, line drawing, ceramics, fashion design and much more, and work your way up to completion of a full level 3 course. Along the way you will exhibit your work and experiment in different techniques. Most of all, you’ll have loads of fun!  

Come and study Art and Design with City College Plymouth …

What you'll learn

The course covers the following subject areas:

  • visual language
  • research
  • critical and contextual awareness
  • materials, processes and technical skills
  • 2D problem solving
  • 3D problem solving
  • engaging with an audience
  • preparation for progression
  • final major project.
Entry requirements

In order to be successful on this course you will need:

  • GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths 
  • a level 2 qualification in art and design
  • a passion for art!

If you don’t have any formal qualifications, but have a good portfolio of existing work then you may still be considered for the course.


There are no exams. You will be assessed on your coursework – some will be practical, some will be via ‘question and answer’, and some will be presentations. There will be a small amount of written work.

What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress to a Degree in Fine Art or another related subject, or gain employment as a freelance artist.

Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)


Course Code: AD3

Course Fees

A Full Course Fee: Not applicable to this course

B Reduced Course Fee (for those in receipt of qualifying benefits): Not applicable to this course

C Ancillary course costs (ie books and equipment): Not applicable to this course

D Advanced Learner Loan Fee: £2000

How old are you? How much will you pay?
16 - 18 This course is free for this age group
19 - 23 D(Note: If you do not have a level 3 qualification, this course may be free).
24+ D

Please note fees are quoted for one year only.