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Art and Design Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Basingstoke College of Technology

Course description

This course comprises a number of core units that will allow you to explore a range of art and design techniques.  You can then choose to specialise in one of two pathways:  either Art & Design including Photography and Graphic Design or; Fashion and Textiles. 

It is equivalent to 3 full A levels, 18 units need to be completed to achieve a full diploma.

You will have access to well-equipped studios with professional machinery and materials. The course is carefully structured to enable you to achieve your potential, culminating in a final major project as part of your progression to Higher Education or employment.

You are expected to study for an additional 10-15 hours outside of timetabled hours.

Course content

This versatile and exciting course offers you the opportunity to explore a range of Art & Design techniques through core, mandatory units and then to specialise in one of the two pathways below:

Art & Design including Photography & Graphic Design

This pathway  will help you to develop your creative awareness through research, drawing and the understanding of a wide variety of 2D and 3D studies.  You will get to work in our dark room and photography studio to learn about visual composition and colour theory.  The graphic design unit includes the opportunity to work with current industry software (Adobe Photoshop / Illustrator / InDesign).

Fashion & Textiles

You will develop a broad understanding of Fashion, Clothing and Textile Design, from initial concept, recording and drawing and research development to pattern cutting and garment construction.  You will have the chance to try knit, print and weave to create your own textiles.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C and above or equivalent including English and a related subject or First Diploma in Art and Design (Merit).


Continuous assessment takes place throughout the course through assignments based upon current art and design practice.  Final assessment takes place at the end of the course, once you have completed all the required units. The course uses practical activities to assess coursework, including peer review, self assessment, presentations, practical activities and exhibitions.

Financial information

If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free. 
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.

Future opportunities

This course is a recognised route into employment and predominantly Higher Education including BA Honours and Foundation Degree programmes.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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