facebook noscript

Art, Design and Fashion

Art, Design and Communication (Art and Design pathway) Level 3

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course commences in September and runs for two years.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths
  • Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme
  • Applicants are advised to bring a portfolio of work to their interview in order to demonstrate their interests and abilities
  • Where applicants do not quite meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on the portfolio and interview

You will achieve

This is a two year course and you will achieve a Level 3 Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Diploma/Extended Diploma


Course overview

This course provides an opportunity for you to explore and develop creativity within a structured programme of projects which are stimulating and challenging, providing a supportive transition from further to higher education.

This will provide a sound base of skills and knowledge but will also enhance self-confidence and reveal the potential career demands and opportunities that exist in the sector.

Course content

The Diploma course units are:
• The creative process
• Developing creative practice in 2D, 3D and 4D
• Responding to a set brief

The Extended Diploma units are:
• Research a specialist industry practice
• Specialist technical skills development
• Specialist creative outcome

Your work will be assessed against the University of Arts, London (UAL) grading criteria throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each unit you will present a portfolio of work for grading. Live briefs will include formal presentation to the client. Your final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Extended Diploma, you must pass all the course units.

You will require a basic personal and portable kit of materials, equipment and printing at the cost of approximately £130. You will need to buy a kit for both the Diploma and Extended Diploma year. Your tutor will advise you on these.

Employment – This course can form the foundations for a range of creative occupations including Graphic Designer, Artist, Entrepreneur, Fashion or Textile Designer, Illustrator, Fine Artist, Interior Designer, Product, Jewellery or Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

Education – You could progress to university, studying a variety of art, design, fashion and crafts disciplines or other higher education pathways, including the Fine Art (BA) degree.

See what careers are available in the Art Graphics and Fashion sector. Use our online careers tool, Career Coach, to find out what your next steps could be.

How much does the course cost?

16 – 18 year olds

Full-time Barnsley College students aged 16-18 years old do not have to pay tuition fees.

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email info@barnsley.ac.uk

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Art, Design and Communication (Art and Design pathway) Level 3

Skip to content