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Art & Design (Animation, Illustration & Games Design) Advanced (Level 3)

This study programme will develop your technical and artistic skills so that you can explore a range of techniques and build a substantial portfolio of work in Animation, Illustration and Games Design. You will study in a dedicated building fully equipped with the latest industry relevant resources, and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field. There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions.


Entry requirements

To begin this study programme you will need...

Duration: 2 Years 
  • 4 GCSEs at grades A*-C or 9-4 ideally including English and maths 
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 2 Diploma (Merit level or above) with Functional Skills
Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This can include anything from GCSE art/design work to drawings you do at home. Any photographed work would be good to see which can be brought on a USB stick or viewed on YouTube.

Course content

  • Subject units:
    • Visual Recording in Art and Design
    • Materials, Techniques and Processes
    • Ideas and Concepts
    • Communication through Art and Design
    • Contextual Investigation in Art and Design
    • Specialist subjects may include: 
      • Narrative Image Making
      • Character Design
      • Games Concept Art
      • 3D Computer Modelling
      • 2D, CGI & Stop Motion Animation
      • Computer Games Engines
      • Final Major Project
  • English and maths:
    If you don't already have GCSE English and maths grade A*-C, we will work with you to help you develop your maths and English skills. 
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills, study skills and employability skills 
  • Additional vocational learning and qualifications: 
    • During the course there will be cultural trips that relate to Animation, Illustration or Games Design. In recent years, second year students have had the opportunity to visit Berlin. You will get the chance to experience software such as: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Premier, Flash, AfterEffects, Maxon’s Cinema 4D, Mudbox and Computer Games Engines.

Assessment methods

You will be assessed on a continual basis throughout the programme. This is through the use of Sketchbooks either digital or traditional. At the end of your second year, you get the chance to work on your own self-directed project.

There will also be an examination for Functional Skills or GCSE, depending on your grades. 


Art & Design Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma


  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills
You can also gain up to 168 UCAS points.
Further study and career options

On successful completion of this study programme you can progress on to studying a Higher National Diploma in Interactive Media. Alternatively, you could consider applying for a university course in a relevant subject, or seek employment in a field related to your subject specialism.

Additional information

To take part in the study programme you will be required to pay an additional fee of £45 to cover the cost of trips/visits to galleries and/or exhibitions. You will also be encouraged to buy books related to your specialism and appropriate equipment such as pens, pencils, USB sticks/external hard drives.

Funding information

All full-time Level 1 and Level 2 courses are now FREE for everyone, whatever their age. If you are looking to study a Level 3 qualification, courses are still free if you’re under 19 or 19-23 and studying your first full Level 3 qualification. If you’re over 23 or studying a second Level 3 qualification, you will need to pay a fee. Find out more on our financial support page at

If you are aged 19 or over you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help you pay the tuition fees for this course. Find out more at You can also pay by instalments to help make the cost of this course more affordable.

Course information & how to book

To apply, select the 'Apply' button below. If you need help call us on 01234 291000.
Please state in your application the Art & Design pathway you wish to specialise in: (3D Applied Design, Animation, Illustration & Games Design, Fashion & Textiles, Fine Art, Graphic Design or Photography).

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 10/09/2018 Launch our fee calculatorFree if 16-18yrs. Are you 19+?
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Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
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