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Art and Design, Media & Performing Arts

Art and Design Practice - Level 3 National Extended Diploma

Start Date: 4th September 2023
Code: PFFB02088


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Start date: 4th September 2023
End date: 6th June 2025
Information Event: Yes

Course fee: FREE (Eligibility criteria may apply)

Course Content

This course is ideal for people seeking a career in Art and Design. Across the year, our students will learn the core elements of art and design including Graphic Design; Product Design; Drawing skills; Critical & Contextual Awareness; and Investigation of materials, techniques & processes in 2D & 3D.

The course will focus on exploring the visual arts in practical ways, to provide the learner with the skills that are needed to operate in a modern commercial environment. So there will be an emphasis on developing drawing, photography and software skills as well as 3D design techniques in a range of contexts.

The course will also focus on practical working methods, such as effective research and decision-making techniques, to create an awareness of modern, professional creative industry production processes, from initial brief and concept right through to final product design and manufacture.

The course will also help learners to develop presentation & communication skills essential within the contemporary art and design world & creative industries in general.

Course Update

Please note that due to ongoing major campus construction projects courses at Ballymena, Coleraine and Ballymoney may be relocated to alternative suitable locations as required.

Applicants should have at least 4 GCSE's at Grade C or above or other relevant qualifications. Applicants should also demonstrate a good interest in art and design, both analogue and digital.  In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

Although this qualification will award the student with a Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design, students who successfully complete all modules will have the opportunity to enrol on a second year of the course to potentially achieve an extended diploma.

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and ICT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST complete Essential Skills; this will form a compulsory part of your timetable. If you are planning to go on to further study (for example university), please check if a GCSE qualification (rather than Essential Skills Level 2 equivalent) is required. For those who have a GCSE grade D in Maths or English, we offer a GCSE fast-track course.

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