Art & Design BTEC Certificate / Diploma Level 2 at Bolton College
Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.
If you’re creative and have a vivid imagination, then our Art, Design & Digital Media courses will enable and encourage you to unlock your potential. Our art department is fully equipped with a range of specialist resources & materials to aid your development.
Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.
What you'll learn
The course is made up of nine units (six core units, three optional specialist units). These include:
- 3D Design
- Graphic Design & Digital Media
- Working in the Art & Design Industry
- Enterprise Skills
- Maths & English
- Portfolio Building
We encourage our students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.
Elements of study
Your programme consists of the following elements:
- Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
- English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
- Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
- Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
- Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)
You’ll need at least four GCSEs grades 3-1 (D-G) including English and Maths and at least one in a relevant subject. We’ll also ask to see a portfolio of your art/design work and invite you for an interview.
Throughout the one-year course your work will be internally assessed. You will be given feedback on a regular basis and will be set smart targets to stretch and challenge you.
After Easter, you will focus on your final major project. You will be given a theme and you will produce a range of artwork; you will then have the fantastic opportunity to display it in the end-of-year exhibition.
Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident. Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?
For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!
After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 or the Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma [Interactive Media] Level 3.
Alternatively, if you choose to look for paid work you could opt for a Design Apprenticeship Level 3 and work as an Apprentice Graphic Designer.
Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting www.bolton.ac.uk
Following further study you could work as:
An Artist can earn up to £28,000 a year, depending on experience.
A Graphic Designer and earn between £15,000 and £26,000 a year.
Professional Photographers can earn on £30,000 on average.
- Sessions led by creative tutors with years of industry experience
- Modern Apple Mac suites
- Opportunity to display work to the public in annual end-of-year Arts Showcase
Our £75 million campus offers:
- A fitness suite and sports hall
- Apple Mac suites
- A theatre and dance studios
- A café selling Costa coffee
- Wella-approved hair salons
We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
Number 1 for Achievement Rates
We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.
Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’
Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.
We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:
- Visits to art galleries and artists’ studios
- Masterclasses and specialist workshops delivered by professionals from the art world
- Opportunity to work to live briefs
The College will support you throughout your time here; you will receive personal support from both your tutor and your Learning & Development Mentor. Support is also available from our dedicated Student Services team for personal, financial and careers guidance.
During their recent visit in February 2017, Ofsted commended the College for its provision of “well targeted information, advice and careers guidance, which meets individual needs and enables learners to make informed choices about the next steps in their learning and career”.
Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.
Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm
Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm
Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm
Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm
How to apply
You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.