MCAST Advanced Diploma in Art and Design

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Art and Design

MCAST Advanced Diploma in Art and Design
Course CodeAD4-01-15
MQF LevelLevel 4
Duration2 years full-time
Awarding BodyMCAST
Entry RequirementsMCAST Diploma in Art and Design


4 SEC/O-Level/SSC&P (Level 3) passes Compulsory: Art, or Art and Design, or Textiles and Design Preferred: English Language

Other Entry RequirementsInterview and Portfolio
Course DescriptionThis two-year programme is an opportunity for creative individuals to form an understanding of various art and design subjects at an advanced level. Students will become familiar with fundamental principles and skills related to contemporary art and design practice, with the possibility of progressing to a higher-level course.

The first year of this course focuses on elemental principles in design. While emphasising the creative process, learners will be guided to master technical skills in preparation for more independent study at undergraduate level. Thus, idea development and the exploration of a variety of materials and media are encouraged at all stages during the formation of creative, artistic and digital competences.

Following successful completion of their first year, learners will be asked to choose their preferred pathway from amongst a selection of curricular choices within different areas of Art and Design. These include 3D Design and Fashion; Graphic Design and Digital Media; Fine Art, and Photography. This will allow them to gear up for progression to specific undergraduate programmes on offer.

Study/Course Delivery
AssessmentAssessment procedures are continuous, consisting of formative and summative methods. Thus ensuring the integral part of the learning process throughout the programme.
Programme Learning Outcomes1. Develop creative skills though experimentation and exploration of different media and techniques

2. Develop technical skills in a range of art and design media and methods

3. Demonstrate critical awareness of the visual world

4. Understand the relationship between contemporary practice and historical, cultural, environmental and social influences.

Core Study Units
  • Contextual Studies
  • Idea Generation
  • Principles of Design
  • Graphical Communication
  • Drawing and Illustration
  • Digital Media Applications
  • Printing Techniques
Specialist Units3D Design and Fashion

– 3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology

– Exploring Traditional Crafts and Techniques

– Developing and Realising Design Craft Work

– Computer Applications in 3D Design

– Figure Drawing and Poses in Fashion

– Flat Pattern Drafting

– Garment Production Techniques

– Sewing Techniques


Graphic Design and Digital Media

– Graphic Design Practice

– Design for Print

– Visual Communication

– Typographic and Layout Design

– 2D Animation Techniques

– Introduction to Sound and Audio

– Introduction to Gaming for Different Platforms

– Exploring Digital Media


Fine Art and Photography

– Drawing from Observation

– Painting in Fine Art

– Sculpture

– Presentation Techniques for Fine Artists

– Photography Techniques and Technologies

– Digital Image Capture and Manipulation

– Introduction to Studio Photography

– Photographic Practice

Supplementary Units
Supporting Units
Optional Units
Progress After CompletionBachelor of Arts (Honours) in Photography

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Game Art and Visual Design

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Graphic Design

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interactive Media

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Fine Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Product Design

Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Spatial Design

Career Opportunities