Cambridge Regional College - Centre of Vocational Excellence

Level 3 Art & Design (General) Year 1

Cambridge Campus

Course Duration:2 Year(s)
Course Mode:Full Time
Start Date:03/09/2020



Course Overview

The UAL Awarding Body Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design is equivalent to three applied A Levels and has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-Level study in art and design, or employment. It provides an opportunity for those who wish to make the transition from further to higher education, apprenticeship or employment.
Course length 2 years  
13 units delivered over two years. The L3 Diploma in Art and Design is the first year of the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and design. The final summative unit of the Extended Diploma is offered at Level 3 or Level 4 to support progression into higher education. All units are internally assessed by assignments set by your tutors and assessment grading is subject to internal and external moderation.
Year 1 general art and design: skills building  
• Multiple project based exercises to solve complex problems.
• The application of art and design is taught delivered as projects based assignments, covering the fundamentals of art and design language, the formal elements: line, tone, shape, form, structure, pattern, scale and colour etc.
• Investigation into a broad range of materials, techniques and processes taught in well-equipped inspirational 2D & 3D studios and workshops: Observational drawing / life- drawing, printmaking, textiles, 3D model making, sculpture, ceramics, fine art illustration, photography dark-room as well as digital image manipulation based within a dedicated Apple Mac. Suite,  
• Devised creative industry scenarios and live assignments: e.g. collaborative projects the wider creative industries across college and within the community. Industry ready skills, competitions, structured /self-directed project management and independent study around self-promotion.
• Creative digital practice, image-manipulation to support the design realisation process is based within a dedicated Apple Mac. / PC suites.

Year 2  specialist pathways : further specialisation:
• An in-depth level of understanding in the fundamentals of art and design language, exploring historical genre, contemporary themes across diverse and creative disciplines and contemporary practice: Fine art, Sculpture, jewellery, 3D Design Crafts and ceramics.
• Broad overarching assignment themes to test: e.g. research skills: reflective, critical, theoretical concepts, contextual awareness and technical understanding; e.g. planning, costings, time-management, evaluative and reflective thinking skills; with an emphasis on progressive investigative ideas development within your chosen art and design pathway:
• There will be personalised goal setting towards self-management and independent study. A critical studies programme is taught throughout the two years
Our focus is on contemporary arts practice and design futures the blending of traditional/non-traditional art and design methods with new technology. The course gives you the survival skills to progress within the wider creative industries.
Explore, challenge and develop
• Critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design and related subjects and the ability to communicate with an audience.
• use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision-making
• confidence to work across disciplines e.g. printmaking, fine art and public art, 3D Design Crafts  and sculpture, experimental photography and moving image
• English and Maths through either a Functional Skills or GCSE retake programme
• industry experience through live assignments, entrepreneurial based activities, competitions, collaborative in-house scenarios and working with high profile industry based guest speakers

Progression & Career Opportunities

• Employability skills and industry experience e.g. team working, self-promotion and survival skills, curating and analysing health and safety issues for site specific art/design work, project management, listening skills, adaptability and flexibility via live assignments, collaborative projects and entrepreneurial activity. Portfolio preparation for UCAS application and higher education interviews.
• This qualification helps you to progress on to, BA/BSc/FdA at a Higher Education institution and apprenticeships within the wider commercial/creative based industries and supported through Cambridge Regional College.
• Employment goals:  e.g. junior assistant gallery/museum sector or self-employment

Entry Requirements

• A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (A* -  C), including English or Maths and one of which must be in an art or design related subject area, or Level 2 BTEC Certificate/Extended Certificate or UAL L2 Diploma Art and Design.

In addition

• A portfolio of recent work must be presented at the Welcome Event that reflects your study of an arts related GCSE qualification achieved thus far and your interest in the arts area.

In addition to the entry qualifications listed, the offer of a place on the course is subject to the outcomes of initial assessment, which will be taken at the College as part of the admissions process. Please note that entry criteria may vary quite significantly between courses at the same level. This is to take account of the specific skills needed for success on particular courses, the length of the course and the requirements for progression to the next level. Entry criteria are given as a guide, and the exact requirements in order to obtain a place on a particular course will be confirmed following attendance at a Welcome Event/Interview.

Learning Assessment & Support

We want you to achieve to the very best of your ability at CRC. To make this happen we offer both learning and personal support by specialist staff tailored to meet your specific needs.

Course work is continually assessed by a range of differentiated methods. E.g. There is regular one to one tutorial provision. Professional tutorial, self-assessment, peer review and panel reviews. A Formative assessment is recorded at the end of each term. Summative assessment is applied to your Final / Self-Initiated Project Proposal this is graded as Pass, Merit, Distinction, the final project grade is the overall value of the qualification

There is regular one to one tutorial provision.

How to Apply

Students who currently attend a Cambridge Area Partnership school should apply through Mychoice@16

You can also apply through a CRC Application Form or download and complete here. If you need any help with applying, please contact our Admissions Office on tel. 01223 418448.

Once we have received your application, you will be invited to attend a Welcome Event, which gives you and your parents/carers the opportunity to have a look around the College, talk to the tutors and ask any questions you may have.

Cambridge Campus Status

The Cambridge Campus is open as normal.

Huntingdon Campus Status

The Huntingdon Campus is open as normal.