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General Art and Design with 3 specialist pathways (Level 3 Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma) - Full-time

Art Design L3

Course outline

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:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Textiles
  • 3D design
  • Ceramics
  • Print-making
  • Graphic media
  • Photography

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.

How to apply for this course

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Location Date
25 Stoney Street
Nottingham
NG1 1LP

Start: 6th September 2021

Course code: C000290 / Q001716

Qualification

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design: Creative Practice

Duration

2 years

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

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 (A*–C) in either Art, Photography, Textiles or Design Technology.

You will also need to upload evidence of art work with your application. Artwork can be from your GCSE coursework or work done in your own time. You are encouraged to showcase your interests and strengths.

You must provide between six and ten separate images, drawings, painting or designs.

Please include examples of observation drawing in any media. You may want to include sketchbook pages, photographs, textile and fashion designs, 3D work and digital designs.

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.

Progression

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:

  • Community art
  • Textiles
  • Interiors
  • Products
  • Graphics
  • Set
  • Film
  • TV design
  • Architecture
  • Illustration
  • or more broad roles such as marketing.
Additional information

Students aged 16-18 don't have to pay tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding!

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