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Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design

This 2 year full time course is equivalent to 3 full A levels.

Downpatrick, Lisburn
34 Weeks
Level 3
Full-Time Study

Campus: Downpatrick, Lisburn

Course Code: 78263

Duration: 34 Weeks

Level: 3

Type: Full-Time

Course Overview


This course has been designed as a full two year programme. In the first year of the programme you will complete 9 units which will give you a Level 3 Technical Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 3 AS Levels).

On successful completion of this first year you will ‘top-up’ by studying for an additional 9 units which will give you the full Extended Technical Diploma.  

Students who successfully complete this course can apply directly to University entry or apply for our one year Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

The programme typically runs for a minimum of 15 hours a week for both years.

Pathways may include: ceramics, fine art, photography, fashion or graphic design.



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Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design
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Level 3 Technical Extended Diploma in Art and Design
78263 / LNF1A





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Course Modules


Optional Units may include: 

  • Unit 14 Presenting, displaying, promoting and selling artwork
  • Unit 16 presenting and exhibiting Art
  • Unit 22 Portrait Photography
  • Unit 24 Digital image creation 
  • Unit 30 Using Digital Technology in Graphic Design
  • Unit 40 Carving, constructing and modelling 3D artwork
  • Unit 50 Fashion Design
  • Unit 63 Contemporary Fine Art 
  • Unit 65 Fine Art Printmaking  


Skills areas studied may include: 

  • Drawing 
  • Painting 
  • Fine Art 
  • 3D design (such as sculpture and ceramics) 
  • Photography 
  • Computers in art and design 
  • Contextual Studies   

You will also exhibit your work as part of the course alongside other courses within the creative department. You will work towards a Personal Development qualification and you will be involved in a range of activities designed to improve your employability. 

Ideal If:
you would like to progress into a career in the expanding creative disciplines including advertising, design, fashion, crafts or fine art.
You'll Learn:
how to present, exhibit and sell your art, digital image creation, photography, 3D art and design, fashion design and how artists use 2D materials, techniques, and processes.
You'll Love:

exhibiting and selling your work through the various student companies as part of the course and learning new and exciting professional skills and techniques.

The visits to galleries and exhibitions in Dublin and Belfast. Working on internal and external client commissions in our modern and well equipped studio spaces.

You'll Progress:

Many of our students progress to further study at a higher level.

Some apply for entry to the University of their choice but many choose to stay with us for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design.

Further study could lead to many career options such as illustration, animation, fashion buying, interior design, print making or graphic design

You'll Need:

A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C or above to included Art, English and / or Mathematics or their Level 2 equivalents. Or a Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Merit grade or higher.

You must also have a portfolio of work displaying an interest and ability in Art and Design. Details of this will be confirmed in your email invitation at a later date.

You will also be asked to complete a short Summer Evaluation Project.

You will be required to complete Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT if you do not have a GCSE grade C or above.

Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

While we endeavour to run all our courses on the advertised day, SERC reserves the right to change the day of week on which the course runs.

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