Art & Design (Interactive Design) Extended Diploma Level 3





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About the course

As the course is a continuation from the 90 Credit Diploma, its main objective is to extend on prior learning, develop more technical skills, whilst encouraging independent creative learning. The aim is to provide students with the skills they need to work adequately in Employment or Higher Education.

This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside set projects and design challenges, development of English and Maths Skills through embedded activities.

Entry Requirements

You must have achieved a 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design, ideally within Interactive Design or Graphic Design, with a Pass grade in order to progress onto the Extended Diploma. We are happy to accept people from other institutes who have completed a 90 Credit Diploma. In this case we will require a list of units already achieved and have this verified by your previous tutor/college.

What will I do on this course?

Specialist units will provide you with technical and creative skills. Through a wide range of practical work-based projects, you will work on design briefs in the following disciplines

  • Sound for interactive design
  • 2D & 3D Animation
  • Digital Imagery
  • Film and Video
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • User Interface Design
  • Games Design Concepts
  • Website and App design

You will also write and design your own project within the subject and present your work through an end of year show. 

Although the course does not include any formal English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop an understanding of the contextual language and numeracy involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.

Who is it for?

This course is a progression for all who have completed a 90 Credit Diploma in any Art & Design subject. The candidates will need to have successfully achieved a Pass on their 90 Credit Diploma and be able to demonstrate visual and creative skills at level 3, as well as working with a multitude of assignments and presenting work to a sufficient standard. If you are looking to move into a career in interactive design or study it at a higher level, then this is the right programme for you. 

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How Is this course assessed?

Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present your work in sketchbooks, blogs and in different practical formats. You will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation as well as final outcomes.

What could I do next?

Completion of the Extended Diploma in Interactive Design has seen students progress into Higher Education, studying on BA Hons and Foundation Degree level programmes. Progression onto our Foundation Degree in Interactive Multimedia with Graphic Design has also been a popular and successful route for past students.

Students have also moved into more specialist areas of study, such as Web, Animation, Digital Art, Games Design, and Moving Image. There are also routes directly into junior positions within the industry and apprenticeships available

As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

The course is free to anyone between the age of 16-18 at the start of the programme. If you are 19-23, there may be funding available if you have not completed a Level 3 qualification. Anyone who is not eligible for funding or is over 24, can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will pay for tuition and will be wiped if you enter Higher Education the year after completing your course. More information can be found on our page

There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the learner support fund. Applications can be made through the college's Learner Services team.


The course will require an interview, which will aim to assess your previous units and attainment on your 90 Credit in Art & Design. We will need proof of units in order to enroll you onto the course. 

You will be invited to an interview where you will meet staff and see our facilities. If you have a examples of work, please bring it with you to showcase any creative work.

Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.

If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview.



How old will you be when the course starts?

16-18 19+
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