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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

The Government estimates that the UK’s creative industries are now worth £71.4 billion per year to the British economy and employment in these industries is growing faster than the UK average, therefore there has never been a better time to start on a career in this sector.

On this course you will continue to develop strong art and design skills. Depending on the route you take, you might study modules such as fine art ideas, digital image capture and edit, graphic image making, exploring specialist textiles techniques, non-resistant materials or studio photography, design methods and contextual references.

Course content

Unit 1: Visual recording in Art and Design
Unit 2: Materials Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Unit 4: Communication Through Art and Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences in Art and Design
Unit 6: Application, Exploration and Realisation (Final Major Project)
Unit 10: Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
Unit 32: Experimental Imagery in Photography
Unit 33: Lens Based Image Making
Unit 34: Image Manipulation using Computer Applications
Unit 45: Graphic Image Making
Unit 50: Information Graphics
Unit 75: Drawing from Observation
Unit 76: Generating Fine Art Ideas
Unit 80: Painting in Fine Art
Unit 101: Exploring Non Resistant Materials
Unit 102: Extending Non Resistant Materials
Unit 108: Extending Specialist Textiles Techniques

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs or equivalent at grade C or above in a minimum of 3 subject areas including GCSE Maths and English Language plus a satisfactory portfolio. Applicants who do not have a portfolio will be considered, but may have to undertake a short project to prepare them for the course. Or a Merit/ Distinction profile in a BTEC First Diploma or equivalent course in a related subject and successful completion of the Level 2 qualification.


Generally your assessments throughout the course will be in the form of assignments. The type and content of these assignments will vary depending on the particular unit that is being assessed. It is important that you realise that you are being assessed continually and will earn grades for all work that you do and it is therefore important to strive for good grades, particularly if you hope to progress to university.

All assignments are graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. For every assignment you will receive an assignment brief which will clearly outline what you have to do for the assessment and how you can achieve your grades. On the BTEC Extended Diploma your final qualification will show three grades e.g. D*D*D*, DMM, MMP. The 3 grades reflect the fact that your BTEC Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels. Progression onto HE requires a minimum MMM grade profile.

Future opportunities

Former students are studying at a number of top universities including Goldsmith’s College, Central St. Martin’s School of Art, the Edinburgh College of Art, Kingston University and the Wimbledon College of Fashion.

Our students have gone on to gain fantastic careers such as Web Designer, Set Designer for Theatre and TV, Film Maker, Photographer, Furniture Designer, Product Designer, Illustrator, Art Therapist, Architect, Fashion Designer, Town Planner, Costume Designer, Special Effects Props and Make up, Computer Games Designer, Museum Curator, Industrial Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2016
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