Art & Design

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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This study option builds on your prior experience and offers an exciting range of art and design practice including fine art, 3D design, textiles and design for communication.

A key strength of this course is its emphasis on encouraging your individual development as an artist. This will be complemented by serious preparation for further study at degree level and the creation of a personal portfolio. 

Throughout your studies you will work with experienced artists, designers and crafts people, and be encouraged to develop your creative and practical skills to a high standard.

You will also follow a varied and stimulating programme of practical assignments, lectures and fieldtrips. The programme concludes with an exhibition at which you’ll show selected work.

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Art and Design, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma HSDC-SD-CNDAR

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C including an art subject and English Language at grade 4 or above 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

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.

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.

Each project brief covers units that build through the two years of the course to provide an 18 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.

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I got into both of the Universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. South Downs College is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student

There are great teachers here. South Downs College has felt more like a University than a school, and it’s definitely lived up to that more grown-up feel.

Vicky Lipscombe, A Level student


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.

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