This course provides an ideal opportunity for those students interested in the digital visual arts to explore, develop and expand their creative passion within a qualification structure that is stimulating and demanding and helps provide a supportive transition from further to higher education.
It is delivered over two years and the content of the course will ensure that it teaches you the skills, knowledge and understanding you need to progress onto level four higher education degree courses, or other education and training opportunities.
In the first year you will explore a range of digital design disciplines and processes which will inform your choices moving into the second year.
In the second year you will develop a project and produce a visual portfolio suitable for specialist art and design degree applications and employment opportunities.
At a Glance
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The course features a variety of skills development, experimentation and stimulation specifically within digital design. It aims to give you an insight into various digital technologies within the creative industries and will give you the skills needed to solve creative problems and present work to appropriate audiences.
Tutor and peer critiques provide the means for effective and appropriate reflection of the skills, methods, actions and results of your work. This encourages you to take ownership of your own learning, development and decision making.
Students have access to excellent facilities with high spec computer suites with the latest versions of industry standard software and cutting-edge resources including VR equipment, hand-held 3D laser scanner, photogrammetry equipment and professional 360 cameras. And with small class sizes, students have plenty of access to these facilities.
The course consists of six units which cover:
The Creative Process, Developing Creative Practice, Responding to a Set Brief, Researching a Specialist Industry, Specialist Technical Skills Development and a Specialist Creative Outcome.
Progression & Employment
Successful completion of this course will enable you to progress to higher-level courses that include a wide range of degrees in a variety of creative subjects, and provides the skills which can lead to other education, training or employment opportunities in a wide variety of occupations.
Students can choose direct progression onto degree programmes at Carmarthen School of Art, for which you will be eligible for an internal progression bursary of £1,000.
Method of Assessment
All units are internally assessed and internally verified with the exception of the final major projects, which are externally moderated by the University of the Arts, London (UAL).
All unit assessment is of the student’s portfolio work, in addition to this final work will also culminate in an exhibition.
All applicants will need to bring a portfolio of art and design work to their interview. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.
An applicant for a level three Extended Diploma will need to have: five GCSEs at grades A*-C, which includes either English language or Welsh (first language) and maths. Or successful completion of a level two vocational qualification in a relevant subject.
English and maths are an integral part of the course. Students who do not yet have the necessary grades at C or above will have additional teaching and support to study for either GCSE or Essential Skills Qualifications depending on prior GCSE grades.
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There is a £100 studio fee per year for this course which will provide basic materials for you to develop your practical work within our workshop and studio facilities.
All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £25 prior to enrolment.
You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.