BTEC Art & Design


BTEC Art & Design

The is a course which gives students a wide experience of art and design and which prepares them for
application to degree and other higher level courses in all aspects of the subject.

Course Outline

Students take 18 units in total. This is equivalent to 3 A Levels.

Units include:
Unit 1: Visual Recording
Unit 2: Materials, Techniques and Processes
Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts
Unit 4: Communication through Art & Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences
Unit 6: Application, Exploration and Realisation
Unit 10: Personal and Professional Development
Unit 34: Image Manipulation – Computers

Then another nine units from areas such as:
• Textiles
• Photography
• Painting
• Multi-disciplinary

The course programme uses assignments to complete the required number of units according to the specialist areas that each student chooses to follow.


Coursework (100%)
Final Major Project Included
Examining Board – Edexcel.

Special Entry Requirements

Standard BTEC entry requirements apply. In addition, a GCSE pass (A-C or grade 4 and above) in Art, Graphics, Textiles or Design and Technology is essential. Students must be prepared to work hard and have a passion for this subject. A personal approach is encouraged throughout the course and it is expected that students will work in their own time to independently develop their projects. All students are expected to undertake two periods of vocational work experience (one in year 12 and the second in Year 13). A clear DBS ‘Disclosure and Barring Service’ may be needed depending on the nature of the placement. The cost of the DBS is approximately £60.00 and if it is needed then you are responsible for this payment (details of how to pay will follow).

Prohibited Options


Career and Progression Opportunities

Completing a BTEC Extended Diploma course allows students to apply directly to art and design degree courses, without taking a one-year full-time Art Foundation course. The majority of our students progress to university to study on a range of courses including Fine Art, Animation, Textiles & Fashion and 3-Dimensional Design. The way in which the course is designed supports students’ individual progression goals, allowing them to produce specialist and high quality portfolios to take to interview both for higher education and employment. Throughout the course, students develop a vast range of employability skills through a specialist and vocational learning environment. Students work on live briefs, exhibit their outcomes and work with industry standard software and equipment. This allows students to be prepared for a very competitive field of work in the creative industries.

Work Placement

On this course you will be expected to undertake a work experience placement in both the first and the second year, the purpose of which is to gather information and insights about the workplace, which can be included in your College assignments. Work placements also help develop your employability skills. By the end of the course you will achieve the full Career Passport award and the placement will count as one of your Professional Development activities.

Cost Implications

The College supplies most art materials that you will need. Students can buy sketchbooks, folders and brushes from the Department at reduced prices. There are also a number of trips out of College. Please note, this course requires students to purchase electronic storage devices (such as an external hard drives) to save and store large files, such as images and music. Students will not be able to save these large files onto the College IT network. We advise that students also back up these files via online Cloud storage such as Microsoft OneDrive to ensure their files are secure.


An overseas trip to visit galleries and museums in a major European city is open to all Visual Arts students – in 2016 this trip was to Paris and in 2017 it will be to Barcelona.

Other Information

If you are seriously considering a career in art or design, the BTEC Extended Diploma will prepare you for a degree course more thoroughly than taking a combination of A Levels. It will allow you to try different areas of the subject in order to select which specialism to apply for. It will also give you the time and opportunity to develop your art and design skills to a level where you can successfully achieve a place on a degree course. Students take a wide range of units (see above), but in the second year they specialise in one area of art or design in order to produce a portfolio of work for application to their chosen degree course. You will have access to all staff in the Art department, as well as equipment. This includes Fine Art, Graphics, Print and Textile studios as well as a Sculpture studio with a kiln. We also have 40 Apple iMacs with the latest design software, including Adobe Photoshop and Director. You will also get access to cameras, including DSLRs. We also have drawing tablets and a range of printers which consists of A4/A3 inkjets, as well as an A3 laser printer. You will be expected to develop your work both during formal lessons and in your own time. The department operates an open door policy, encouraging students to return during private study time and work independently in the studios. This course can be tailored to your needs and aspirations, providing a first rate grounding for progression to university.

This information is correct for September 2018 entry.

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