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Want to begin training for an exciting and rewarding career in art and design? One of the best ways to gain the skills you'll need is to enrol in a Degree programme that will help you hone your talents, explore industry-standard technological tools, and develop extensive connections within the industry. However, if you're not quite ready for a Degree programme just yet, an Extended Diploma is the perfect way to prepare yourself, and ease onto the arts education path you want to follow.
Want to find out if an Extended Diploma in Art & Design is right for you? Here are three reasons it could be.
If you have not completed secondary school and lack the academic qualifications to enter a Degree programme in Art and Design, an Extended Diploma can help you remedy that. Over the course of two years, you will be introduced to a range of 2D and 3D creative design processes (Fine Art, Graphics, Textiles & Surface Design) as well as lens-based media (Photography or Moving Image) before specialising in the core subject you want to study at degree level. At the end of the 2 years, upon successfully completion, you will graduate with an Extended Diploma in Art & Design which comes with UCAS points: 72 points for a Pass, 120 points for a Merit and 168 points for a Distinction.
Many young artists and designers do not boast the extensive portfolios that higher education programmes require for application purposes, but this need not be an obstacle for long. Through projects completed in the Extended Diploma in Art & Design programme, you will be able to build an impressive portfolio that will showcase your abilities to university interviewers.
You can expect a great deal of personalised assistance throughout your education and portfolio development. Small class sizes ensure you have plenty of one-on-one time with tutors, all of whom are dedicated to helping you develop your abilities and hone the skills that are in demand in the creative arts sector. Further academic and support services are also available, including a UCAS Officer, personal tutors, and counselling. Whatever your particular needs, you can expect to get the help you need to thrive academically and build an exciting portfolio during your time in the Extended Diploma programme.
Build an extensive and impressive portfolio through the extended art and design Diploma
To study toward a degree at a top school of Art and Design in the UK, it is necessary both to have aptitude for art and design and a strong understanding of the language of instruction. If you need to work on your English skills before enrolling in a Degree programme, completing an Extended Diploma is a great way to do so.
The Extended Diploma in Art and Design at Cambridge School of Visual & Performing Arts includes compulsory English training that covers the four key skills you'll need to pass the IELTS exam—listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Additionally, the class is linked with contextual studies lectures, which are designed around student development skills that will help you master essay writing and presentations—valuable skills to have in Degree-level studies.
Whether you lack the academic credentials, portfolio pieces, or mastery of the English language necessary for entering a Degree programme, the Extended Diploma in Art & Design will allow you to rectify the issue. After just two years, you'll be ready to enter a Degree programme with the confidence and skills needed for success.
Gain specialised skills to help you succeed once you enter a Degree programme and beyond!
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