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Art Level 3 BTEC Diploma at Isle of Wight College

Course description

This course is aimed at students who wish to study a broad based Art and Design course with an emphasis in the design areas of the industry.

You will need to be innovative, creative and motivated.  You will need to have an open mind and be prepared to explore and experiment within the confines of a structured but flexible course.

Progression from this course can lead on into Higher Education, in specialised areas such as; Graphic Design, Illustration, Computer and Traditional Animation, Fashion Design, Textile Design, Multimedia Design, Three – Dimensional Design, Website Design and Photography.

Course content

You will be working in a mature, creative and exciting environment of Art and Design at The Isle of Wight College. You will study in a new purpose built Art Design and Media block, with up-to-date facilities which include spacious multi-purpose studios and an industry equipped Apple Mac Suite.

Building from the five core underpinning units, you will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over your educational direction in the second year, through set projects and direct guidance.

All the projects are justified with an industrial context to them, allowing us to develop your understanding of the industry while developing your design skills, and gaining a recognised National qualification.

Entry requirements

You will need a BTEC Diploma Level 2 in Art and Design (a merit or above) and/or Five GCSEs Grade C or above in English, Mathematics and one Art-Based Subject, or an educational background which demonstrates the potential to succeed at level 3.  You will also require a strong folder of work supporting your application and the ability to communicate your work to an interviewer. In some cases as entry on the course may be conditional in retaking GCSE Maths or/and English over the two years.

Entry on three points

  • Folder of work
  • An ability to communicate at interview
  • Academic profile

Final decision is at the discretion of Course Co-ordinator.


Practical and theoretical work is integrated throughout the course with individual project work forming a large part of your studies, supported by workshops, lectures, demonstrations and tutorials.  Functional Skills opportunities for development are clearly in-bedded within the main set work for the qualification as are additional studies and qualifications.

Future opportunities

This is an advanced level course.  Achievement with an overall Distinction attracts 360 UCAS points (equivalent to 3 A levels).

This is an exciting and dynamic general art and design course aiming at developing the student through the fundamental basics of art and design and introducing them to a range of design disciplines.  These could include areas such as Graphics, Photography, Textiles, Fashion, 3D Design and Illustration.  The course builds upon the use of drawing, visual communication, experimentation of media, materials and techniques, the generation of ideas and concepts and the influence of historical and contemporary references.  We encourage and develop creative independence through sound methods used throughout history and industry.  This course allows students to have a greater choice in their areas of progression by being broad based and prepares them for entering into Higher Education or employment.

Further information

To gain your Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design you will need to pass all eighteen units, (these comprise of mandatory, specialist and professional). Assessment is continuous and is formalised at three set stages throughout the academic year which is discussed with students.  The qualification is course work based with a Final Major Project (Application, Exploration and Realisation) at the end of the second year, which is a summative body of work demonstrating your abilities and understanding of your chosen specialist pathway prior to completion of the qualification.

All work is internally assessed and sampled by a second independent assessor, finally moderated by the awarding body for agreement of grade and award.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Isle of Wight College directly.

Last updated date: 18 January 2016
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