Level 3

Art and Design (3D Design) Level 3 Extended Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Year Cost Available Locations
FREE* Southend Campus


This course will provide you with an immersive, focused and specialised art and design experience. Some areas of study included are: visual recording, research, ideas development and small, large and human scale design. Students develop a broad overview of how to generate, develop and communicate ideas in 2 and 3 dimensions, drawing and model making being essential in this process. Hand rendered presentation and technical working drawing, together with computer generated design work and traditional model and prototype making, provide the ingredients for diverse portfolio’s which enable students to progress directly to university.

Entry Requirements

  • A Level 2 qualification or GCSEs x 4 at grade 4/C -  one to be grade 4/C in ENGLISH OR MATHS dependent on vocational subject to be studied
  • You will be asked to provide evidence of your ability in the subject which could be in the form of a portfolio
  • Successful attendance at interview event

Study Programme

Students who do not achieve a grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will be required to complete an English and/or Maths qualification via the Century platform. Students will engage with at least 3 hours a week study via the online platform.

The Century platform is an online software system that uses artificial intelligence to create a personalised, adaptive and differentiated set of learning.  Students will work on a set of skills that are unique to them, the system will produce results and feedback tailored to meet individual learning needs alongside tasks that are mapped against the GCSE curriculum and encourage stronger learning outcomes.

Course Structure

  • Visual recording in art and design
  • 3D computer modelling
  • 3D design media, techniques and technology
  • Materials, techniques and Processes
  • Architecture
  • Interior design
  • Theatre design
  • Product design
  • Furniture design
  • 3D craft and jewellery 
  • Maths and English

Assessment & Feedback

  • Your work will be assessed through a mixture of external practical and written exams, internal practical tasks and supporting written material
  • Your progress will be supported by regular, ongoing feedback throughout the course

Course Cost

School Leavers, full_time: FREE

FREE to UK/EU under 19s not in employment.

What Next...

  • Foundation Art and Design Level 4 Diploma
  • Higher education courses at university or college including our BA (Hons) Interior Design at University Centre South Essex