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Art and Design – BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

To become a successful artist you will need to have a wide range of skills using a variety of media and techniques.  This course is for anyone who has an ability and willingness to design, draw, paint, construct and create artwork using both traditional and digital media.  You will need to have an interest in the work of other artists, as well as an ability to recognise and appreciate others’ skills and working methods. You will also need to take advice and criticism and be open to other people’s tastes and design needs; some of the project briefs given to you will take on issues such as equality and diversity, environmental issues and the Third World.

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C including an Art subject and English Language or successful completion of BTEC level 2 Diploma/First Diploma.

You will also be required to organise a portfolio of Art & Design work ready for your interview.

We would like to see the following in a portfolio:

  • Good drawing skills from life
  • Creative page layouts for graphics
  • The ability to discuss the work of artists, designers & makers
  • Examples of 3D work where possible, sketchbooks from year 11 onwards
  • Evidence of a visit to a museum or gallery
Course Content

This exciting and varied course allows you to work with a range of art media and related processes and techniques. Projects are varied and will include workshop in glass, ceramics, painting, printing, photography, graphics, textiles and sculpture, with possible opportunities to work for real life clients and commissions.

Visits to galleries and working studios provide you with an additional insight into the work of artists, designers/makers and the art and artefacts of other cultures.  You will work with experienced artists, designers and craft persons and will be encouraged to develop creative practical and theoretical skills to high standards. The course offers art study tours to UK and European countries.

The course will culminate in an exhibition of work.

How will I be taught?

This practical course is taught through specialist workshops, studio based assignments and client led projects. During the two years artists, designers and makers will be invited to lecture and undertake demonstrations of their work which is considered to be a valuable experience for students interested in art & design as a career.

How will I be assessed?

Each project brief covers units that build through the two years of the course to provide an eighteen unit award. All units are assessed at either Pass, Merit or Distinction grade with a final grade awarded at the end of the course. Students progressing into higher education should achieve Merit grading and above to gain sufficient UCAS points.

Will I need any extra equipment?


What qualifications will I get?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design which is equivalent to three A levels.

What will it allow me to do in the future?

On completion of the course students typically progress to HND or degree level higher education courses in a wide variety of related disciplines.

Some students may opt for a further one year pre-degree course before entering university, or choose to go straight into employment.

Course Information

You should establish a habit of reading books, magazines and the quality press as part of your art & design studies. Assignments and tests for Functional Skills will be incorporated into the programme of learning. All students will have access to computers, either PC or Apple Macintosh. You should allow 15 hours per week for home/independent study. You will have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in a variety of educational study visits, which will incur an additional cost determined by the nature of the visit.

Students, aged over 19 on the 1 September of the year the course commences will be required to pay tuition and examination/assessment fees. There are a number of grants available for students on low incomes and for those studying on a first time qualification.

This course no longer attracts government funding subsidy for students aged 19 or above on the start date of this course. To help pay for these fees you may be entitled to the 19+ Advanced Learning Loan.

Please contact Customer Services on 0800 056 0511 or email customerservices@southdowns.ac.uk for further information.

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