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Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Tyneside College

Course description

This course provides an ideal starting point for those who wish to pursue a career in the creative world of Art and Design. In the first year, this vocational course will introduce you to the key elements of the creative process and will allow you to develop skills through Fashion, Fine Art, 3D Design, Digital Imaging and Graphic design based projects. Upon successful completion of the course you will be entitled to progress onto the second year BTEC L.3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

In year 2 you will choose a specialist pathway and produce a portfolio of work which will enable you to progress onto a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or University. The course encourages exploration of techniques and development of ideas, and offers a solid grounding in traditional practical skills and processes, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, illustration, pattern cutting, model making and sculpting. Experienced staff and students work together in a large, open plan studio environment with an emphasis on projects that have a vocational context.

The studio is provided with state of the art equipment and you can access a shop that offers a wide range of materials. In the second year, you will specialise in one of the three design disciplines and produce a portfolio of work which will enable you to progress onto a course at a higher level. Students will have access to state of the art resources as used within the design industry therefore this course provides an ideal starting point for those who wish to pursue a career in design.

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Design course encourages exploration of; techniques, media and development of ideas. Students are expected to work in sketch books and developmental work is valued. Staff and students work together in the studio environment with the emphasis on; realistic assignments, the use of professional quality resources and gaining independence of thought and action. Visits to galleries and museums form an integral part of the course and students complete case studies of contemporary designers as well as exploring historical design issues.

Entry requirements

The course (over 2 years) is equivalent to 3 A levels and is open to applicants who have four GCSE subjects at grade C or above. One must be in English (or level 2 English) another should be in Art and Design or related subject such as Design Technology. It is sometimes possible to modify these entry requirements for individual students, mature applicants, or those offering work related experience as an alternative entry qualification if it is considered that they will benefit fully from the course.

Applicants may alternatively have completed a BTEC First Diploma course in Art & Design. It is sometimes possible to modify these entry requirements for individual students, mature applicants, or those offering work-related experience as an alternative entry qualification if it is considered that they will benefit fully from the course.

We will interview all applicants and you will be asked to bring a portfolio of recent art and design work with you. We also set a standard drawing project which is seen at interview. Interviewing staff will help you to decide if this is the right course for you to follow. This course fits into the block timetable and students will be expected to take one other subject to AS level or as a GCSE resit.

Assessment

Ongoing assessment involves regular 1 to1 feedback from lecturers and tutors, group reviews and formal assessment points throughout the year.

Future opportunities

Students will develop their creativity and skill in preparation for our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design course, HNC and Degree courses, leading to a wide range of art and design careers. Previous students have gone on to work in the areas of Fashion design and illustration, Product design, Fine Art, Interior design , Car design, Graphic design, Computer animation, Illustration, Product design and Architecture.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 August 2016

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