General Art and Design with 3 specialist pathways (Level 3 Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma) — Full-time
This course is perfect if you want to develop your interest in art and design in all its forms and pursue a future in the creative industries, but haven’t yet chosen an area of specialism.
In year 2 you will study either Art and Design, 3D Design and Architecture, or Graphic Design and Illustration as your chosen specialism.
You’ll learn by exploring 2D and 3D material and processes, developing ideas and concepts, solving problems and completing wide-ranging research of artists, designers, cultures and crafts.
You will take part in workshops on:
- 3D design
- Graphic media
You will explore ideas and concepts through moving image, performance art and installation art and develop areas of specialist interest and study, building your confidence.
In Year 1 all BTEC Level 3 students on General Art and Design, 3D Design and Architecture and Graphic Design and Illustration will experience a broad diagnostic Term 1 and be enrolled onto a General Art and Design programme, that will provide students with grounding skills and knowledge in:
- Creative mark-making
- Research skills
- Digital recording and presentation
- Analysis and evaluation and contextual awareness
- All students will undertake practical workshops in 3D Design and Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration and Fine Art, which will allow students to make improved informed choices about an area of specialism.
In Year 1 Term 2, students will select an area of specialism, with tutor assessment and guidance and will continue in this area into their Final Major Project in Year 1.
In Year 2, students will be enrolled directly into a specialist area of study:
- General Art and Design
- Graphic Design and Illustration
- 3D Design and Architecture
This allows in-depth development and relevant progression. You’ll create a portfolio to help secure a university place, apprenticeship or employment.
You can view the fantastic creative works of our students on our Creative Showcase website below.View showcase
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25 Stoney Street
Start: Monday 4th September 2023
Course code: C027202 / Q027204
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design: Creative Practice
You’ll need 5 GCSEs at grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths – both of these must be grades 9–4 (A*–C) or Functional Skills Level 2 in English and maths, or a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification with English and Maths GCSE grades 9–4 (A*–C). You will require a GCSE Grade 9-4 in Art/Photography/Textiles/Design Technology.
You will be invited to an informal interview at College with an Art and Design Tutor. You will need to bring a portfolio/folder of artwork from your GCSE Art/Design and examples of drawing completed in your own time. This will help tutors guide you onto the right course and level.
|Teaching & assessment||
All assessment is based on coursework/projects. There are 2 Assessed Units in Year 1 and 2 Assessed Units in Year 2. Students will receive on-going formative feedback throughout each project.
The Final Major Project in Year 2 is weighted at 50% of the whole qualification.
Choose to follow with a relevant degree course, an apprenticeship or employment. We offer foundation degrees in Fine Art Practice, Graphic Design, and a top-up degree in Art and Design. There are loads of future career paths to pursue, including:
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.
You will need to bring a portfolio/folder of art work to your interview. It important you bring work that shows drawing skill, which can be in a sketchbook. You can also bring photographs of work completed in school, 3D work and work including; fashion, textiles, ceramics, digital design.
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