Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication Level 3 Extended Diploma

We help you create your own study programme so that you can try a wide variety of different disciplines before specialising in a subject area.

Art, Design and Communication at Banbury and Bicester College is exciting, practical, and industry focused.

We offer a bespoke creative pathway tailored to your preferred specialism.

You’ll be taught by industry trained, expert practitioners in specialist buildings housing a variety of professional facilities, including:

  • HD TV studio
  • cinema room
  • multiple Mac suites
  • expansive dark room
  • dedicated art workshops

The qualification is accredited by the highly regarded University of the Arts London (UAL). Among the benefits, students have the opportunity to have their work shortlisted to appear at the annual UAL awarding body exhibition at Chelsea College of Art.


Art, Design and Communication at Banbury and Bicester College is focussed on developing personalised pathway, allowing you to undertake a broad and multi-disciplined programme of study.

Whilst learners may take this qualification in a specialist subject, it is also ideal for those who have not decided which discipline or subject area within art and design they wish to specialise in.

The creative industries need people with a mix of technical and creative skills. It relies on people that know how to work as part of a team, but still have that independent mindset, which you’ll grow through setting your own challenges.

If you’re ready to specialise in an area, we’ve got you covered too! Our specialist subjects include:

  • Fine Art
  • Fashion
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Visual Communication
  • Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Advertising
  • Printmaking
  • 3D Design
  • Ceramics

Whatever your area of interest, you’ll be taught by industry-experienced practitioners in professional-level facilities.

In the first year of this course, you will study for the Diploma. Once that Diploma is successfully achieved, you will be invited to continue on to complete the full Extended Diploma in the second year of the course.

Please note: Fees will apply if you are 19+ at the beginning of your studies and have previously completed a Level 3 qualification or are 24 and above. All fees are charged on a yearly basis. Please see our Fees Policy for further details or get in touch to discuss your options!

Study what you want, how you want.

Art, Design and Communication at Banbury and Bicester College provides an opportunity to explore, develop and test creativity through stimulating and demanding practical exploration.

It focuses on developing understanding and application of the creative process to enable the development of creative ideas and outcomes.

A mix of internal and external practical assessment.

There will be one external assessment taken at the end of the first unit, which is set and marked by UAL Awarding Body.

There’s also one internally-assessed project (coursework), marked by the centre and moderated by UAL Awarding.

The two-year Extended Diploma is the equivalent of three A Levels.

Throughout the course, you will be required to complete additional tasks, including research, on your home study days.

You will need 4 or more GCSEs including English language and preferably maths at grade A*-C (grades 4-9), or a national award in art and design, or first diploma in art and design at merit or above, plus GCSEs in English and maths at grade C/4.
You will need to share a portfolio of art, design or craft work.

Explore your career progression options

If you are considering applying for this programme, why not explore your potential career progression routes using our handy tool.

You can explore live job vacancies, next level qualifications and apprenticeship standards in your local area. Not only this but you can also watch videos of real people talking about their experiences of working in your specific industry or occupation of interest.

Why not visit us at an Open Event and find out more about this pathway.

Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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