Art, Design and Fashion

Art and Design 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, one must be an art related subject
  • 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 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.  This is awarded by UAL and is the equivalent of three A levels.


Course overview

This course provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

Course content

You will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines within year one (the Diploma), including drawing, painting, print making, textiles, wood work, jewellery and metal work, developing your skills through three units of practical work and theoretical study. Your work will be enhanced through educational and gallery visits.
Within year two, the Extended Diploma you will focus on your personal development in art and design completing a further three units, work on live briefs and develop an individual final major project which you will exhibit. You will continue to build your confidence and abilities to independently use the workshops to create a varied portfolio of work in preparation for progression into your chosen next steps.

Course Themes:

  • Fine art
  • Textiles
  • 3D design

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.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

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 further education courses such as the Level 3 / 4 Foundation Diploma in Foundation Studies or Access to Higher Education in Art and Design.

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.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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 and Design Level 3

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