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Art and Design (Level 1 BTEC Introductory Diploma)

Course outline

This course is perfect if you have creative interests and you want to explore your skills and get started studying in smaller groups with the expertise of tutors and specialist learning support.

This course will suit individuals from alternative provision and those who need confidence-building in study skills alongside creative exploration.

You’ll learn the different aspects of art and design, as well as the experience you’ll need to bring your ideas to life.

The practical sessions will give you skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, print-making and graphic design.

Projects will also develop your broader skills in being organised, team-work, communication and career planning.

All students will continue weekly studies of English and Maths (Functional Skills or GCSE) as part of the Programme of Study, at a relevant level.

You can expect to learn in our bustling campus on Stoney Street, with hands-on work and research-based activities. Our experienced and friendly tutors, technicians and support tutors will help you complete a range of creative projects and assignments and develop your specific interests in art and design.

How to apply for this course

Apply online to start in 2024/25.

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street

Start: Monday 9th September 2024

Course code: C000274 / Q001573


BTEC Level 1 Introductory Diploma in Art and Design


1 year

Level Level 1
Entry requirements

You’ll need 4 GCSEs at grades 3–1 (D–G), including English Language and Maths at grades 3-1 (D–G) or a relevant Entry 3 vocational qualification and you will also be asked to sit an Initial Assessment. The Initial Assessment must show that you are ready to study English and Maths at Level Entry 3/ Level 1.

If your results are lower than this, don't worry, we'll find the right course for you. You will be invited to an informal interview at College with an Art and Design tutor, where we ask you bring evidence of artwork you have done at school or in your own time.

Teaching & assessment

Assessment is through on-going projects and practical work, with feedback to support achievement and progression.


Choose to follow with further study at Nottingham College on a UAL L1 Diploma in Art and Design or Level 2 courses in your chosen area.

Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees.

If you are aged 19 or over you may still be eligible for funding. Check out our Financial Help pages to find out more!

If you are an EU/EEA or Swiss National, please visit our EU Settled Status scheme page for more information.

Creative Arts at 25 Stoney Street

At 25 Stoney Street you will find facilities, classrooms and workspaces suitable to let your creative spirit and work be nurtured. We have technicians and experienced staff on hand to help you fulfil your creative potential