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Level 3

Art & Design Level 3 Diploma/Extended Diploma


This exciting course is very popular and places fill-up fast. You will cover a very wide range of art and design subjects and you will be able to gain good skills across a broad range of subjects in year one. You will have opportunities to work in all the main disciplines from observational drawing to fine art. We will cover painting, designing, sculpture, printmaking, craftwork, public art, photography, 3D, digital art and much more. Drawing has fundamental importance on the course and usually the first assignment focuses on developing and extending your drawing ability. This then equips you with the skill and confidence to use drawing as an effective visual tool throughout the rest of your course and beyond into your creative career.

We have a range of specialist studios and equipment to support your creative journey at Chichester College and we use our strong links with local galleries and universities to help you progress after college. Many assignments are ‘live’ which means you will be producing artwork or designs for a real purpose and usually for a client. This will give you valuable industry experience which is vital for your CV, your future progression, for references for university and into the world of work as a creative.


You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, maths and a creative subject. A passion for art and design and a commitment to hard work is essential. The course is equivalent to 3 A-levels and is just as demanding. Good writing skills are as important as creative skills.

*FREE* Online short courses

Make the most of these extraordinary times and gain a nationally-recognised qualification. A short online course is a significant first step to improving your skills and achieving your career goals.

Financial support

The applicable fees for this course, including any available discounts, will be listed in the information above.

How to apply

Once you have created an account, you can easily apply to your chosen course and track the status of your application at any time.


Step 1

Set Up Your Account

You’ll be prompted to create an account which will allow you to log in to our Application Tracker website whenever you wish. This will provide you with important information and you can also track the progress of your application.

Step 2


Complete each step of the application form and then submit your completed form. We’ll let you know when we’ve safely received it with an acknowledgement email.

Step 3

Application Review Meeting

Before offering you a place at college, we’ll meet with you (either in person, by telephone or online). We’ll send you a link to our booking page where you can select a time that’s convenient for you.

Step 4

Accept Your Place

Offers will be sent to you via the email address you have provided. The offer will be conditional, based on predicted GCSE grades. You’ll need to accept your offer within 14 days to secure your place.

Step 5

What next?

Once you receive your GCSE results, you’ll need to get in touch with the college to inform us of them and start your enrolment process.


Our range of leisure and hobby courses keeps growing, with even more fun and exciting courses starting throughout 2024.

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