Art and Design Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (Fine Art) at Bedford College
This course will develop your technical skills and artistic knowledge through encouragement of independent development of ideas and material experimentation enabling you to build a substantial portfolio of Fine Art work. You will study in a dedicated building fully equipped with the latest industry relevant resources, and taught by staff with a high degree of industry experience in their field. There will also be the opportunity to visit galleries, museums, exhibitions and festivals during the course, as well as the chance to get involved with community projects and competitions.
You will study five core units and twelve specialist units. The core units are:
- Visual Recording in Art and Design
- Materials, Techniques and Processes
- Ideas and Concepts
- Communication through Art and Design
- Contextual Investigation in Art and Design
Specialist subjects may include:
- Experimental Photography
Alongside the practical work, emphasis is also placed on idea generation and subject knowledge. During the course there will be cultural trips that relate to Fine Art. In recent years, second year students have had the opportunity to visit Berlin.
To begin this course you will need a minimum of four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language; or alternatively, a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (merit grade or above) with Functional Skills.
Entry is also subject to a successful interview, where you will need to show a portfolio of your existing work. This can include anything from GCSE art/design work to drawings you do at home. If you are unable to collect work from school due to exams please try to take some photographs to bring.
You will be assessed on a continual basis throughout the course. This is through the use of sketchbooks either digital or traditional. At the end of your second year, you get the chance to work on your own self-directed project. There will also be an examination for Functional Skills or GCSE, depending on your grades.
This course could be free! You will be eligible if you are aged 19-24 on the 31st August of the year you are starting your course and are actively seeking employment and in receipt of a means tested benefit (such as job seekers, housing benefit, council tax benefit). Please note you will need to be able to produce evidence of the benefit in your name when you come to enrol.
On successful completion of this course you can progress on to studying a Higher National Diploma in Fine Art. You could consider applying for a university course where recent Fine Art students have gone on to study at prestigious universities such as Goldsmiths, Camberwell, Wimbledon, and the London School of Fashion on a diverse range of courses including: Fine Art, Illustration, Photography and Fashion & Textiles. Alternatively you may seek employment in a field related to your subject specialism.
To take part in the course you will be required to pay an additional fee of £45 to cover the cost of trips/visits to galleries and/or exhibitions. You will also be encouraged to buy books related to your specialism and appropriate equipment such as fine liner pens, sketching pencils, USB Sticks, pro-markers and sketchbooks.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bedford College directly.