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Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Wilberforce College

Course description

This course is for creative individuals looking to extend their range of skills across art approaches and provide them with the experiences to take them into employment or further study. The world will be desperate for creative individuals who can think outside the box and work independently when it realizes that the drive for engineers at the expense of the arts has left us short of the people we need for the development of our culture. The instinct to make art has been with us since man made the first cave paintings, and the need to respond to the world around us through the creative process remains just as strong today. Studying The Extended Diploma in Art and Design allows you to do this along with providing you with the skills to reinvent yourself as creative individuals in a continually and rapidly changing world.

If you have enjoyed drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography you will find new opportunities to develop your skills and ideas around themes which explore all aspects of Art & Design. If you want to spend your days in the studio area this course is great for you. 

Course content

There are a number of core and additional units that make up the course and enable students to specialise in specific areas such as Drawing and Painting approaches, 3D crafts, Photography and Multi-Disciplinary work, therefore developing a more personal, creative portfolio of work.
The core units provide students with skills and knowledge that will develop their understanding of art and design processes. They will explore the work of professional artists and designers to influence their own ideas and to inspire their work and development.
In addition to the core units students will also study specialist units that will develop their skills in a range of areas where students will explore and develop a range of techniques including drawing, painting and mixed media in order to create their own art work and will develop an understanding of how art is used commercially. Students will explore the use of digital imaging techniques that will enable them to develop work in a range of genres.
Student will explore all aspects of printmaking - lino, collagraph, etching and screen printing.

In addition to continuing to develop your skills learnt in Year One you will complete 12 units involving developing more experimental techniques in painting and 3D crafts/design, where you will explore the use of a range of materials and techniques and develop an understanding through practical realisation of how these might be used to produce your own artworks, using traditional methods as well as new technology. At the end of the course you will develop a Final Major Project in which you work in your preferred specialist way of working.

Entry requirements

4 A* - C grades at GCSE or equivalent in at least three subjects including a D in GCSE English Language. You will need a C in a GCSE Art or a GCSE Design subject (Graphics, Product, Resistant Materials or Textile Design) or BTEC Level 2 Merit grade in a Diploma, Extended Certificate or Certificate.

For students who have not studied Art or Design at Level 2 or who have a Pass in a BTEC Level 2 Art and Design Diploma/Extended Certificate/Certificate, a suitable portfolio of art and design work will be considered.


All coursework units are internally marked and externally moderated. Work is assessed to Pass, Merit and Distinction criteria for each unit. You do not receive marks for individual pieces of work but instead for how you develop your unit of work by responding to what you see other textile artists doing. In this way the unit is marked as a set of work at the end, including the final outcome. In this way it is much better to work consistently throughout the whole course and make sure all work is as complete as possible. Your work is marked each week. You cannot cram all the work in at the end of the course like revision based subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilberforce College directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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