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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Preston's College

Course description

This advanced Level 3 course will challenge your creativity, providing you with the technical abilities and innovative thinking required to solve problems and produce original, exciting work. Developing specialist skills in both 2D and 3D formats, you will experiment with observational drawing and painting, numerous forms of printing, ceramics, 3D Design, textiles, fashion, graphics, photography and digital design. Your learning will take place in a number of state of art facilities including a professional ceramics workshop, a specialist screen printing resource, a fashion and textiles studio plus numerous PC and Mac suites.

Course content

In the first year you will learn the core skills and techniques needed to progress in the art and design industry. You will then expand your skill set into more specialist areas of the industry such as graphics, textiles and photography by working on live project briefs. As the course progresses, you will begin to develop your own preferences and proficiencies and you will be encouraged create work that is specific to your own personal strengths throughout the second year of the course. You will also be required to produce a portfolio of work so you are thoroughly prepared to progress onto further study or employment.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSE’s (or equivalent) at A*-C grade. A GCSE at grade C in either English or maths with a minimum grade D for the other subject is also required. You’ll also need a grade C or above in an art related subject and a portfolio of work.


You will be formally assessed on the coursework you submit and your progression will be monitored on a regular basis using various different methods such as peer assessment, presentations, homework and interim project grades. Assignment submissions are the main method of assessment for this course and you will work towards producing a professional portfolio plus a final exhibition of work at the end of the course.

Future opportunities

Higher Education: You can progress to numerous related university courses. If you feel you would like to experiment further across multiple areas a foundation course would be best for you. If you have decided on an area of art you wish to study further in you could also go straight into your specialism. This specialism could be in a wide number of areas such as Fine Art, Fashion, Textiles and Graphic Design, Product Design & Set Design to name just a few.
Apprenticeship: There is the opportunity to undertake a ‘Design Course Apprenticeship’ with employers in the local area subject to availability.
Employment: The creative thinking skills and practical art skills you gain will also allow you to progress into the world of employment in areas such as advertising, graphic design, interior design, media, art and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston's College directly.

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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