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Art and Design BTEC 90 Credit and Extended Diploma Level 3 at Boston College

Course description

If you are passionate about art and design, this is the course for you. 
You will learn and be assessed by completing practical assignments.  This will allow you to develop your practical skills in many areas of art and design including: fine art, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, print, plaster, photography, 3D design, graphic design and 4D time-based media. 

Your lecturers all have a working knowledge of the art and design industry and are still actively involved in the business outside of the College, resulting in accurate, up to date knowledge being shared in lectures. 

Course content

In your first year you will study the 90 credit diploma. This can be a standalone qualification that is equivalent to 3 AS-levels. The extended diploma is completed in the second year and is equivalent to 3 ‘A-levels. 

You will study a total of 17 different units covering the different art practices such as fine art, painting, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, print, plaster, photography, 3D design, graphic design and 4D time-based media. 

You will learn about how other artists made their work, how to research in order to generate ideas and how to analyse artwork. You will develop your visual awareness and drawing ability. 

As an Art & Design student you will have access to all of our Art, Design & Media facilities, which include 2 Art Studios, Ceramics and Pottery Studio, (including Kiln), Photography Studio and Darkroom, 2 iMac Editing Suites, and a Television Studio. You will also be using industry standard software. 

Work experience will be sourced with local employers to give you real world experiences that relate to the creative sector. You are supported in identifying organisations for your placements, or can generate these from your own contacts. 

You will regularly visit Museums and Galleries in London and Liverpool, as well as getting to meet numerous guest speakers including local Artists, Businesses and Creative Practitioners.  Workshops are also arranged. 

Numerous of 'team building' excursions will also be arranged to reinforce good group dynamics.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above (New GCSE grade - 4 and above) or equivalent and a portfolio of work, or a Level 2 qualification to a Merit standard. 


You will be assessed through practical tasks (70%) such as group work, work based evidence, coursework and presentations, which will be underpinned with Theory (30%) to give you a broad grounding in art and design.

Financial information

You may be asked to pay some contribution towards educational visits and/or workshops approx £30 per year. You will also be expected to provide your own art and design materials e.g. paints, sketchbooks, printing costs, etc approx £150 per year. 

Financial assistance can be gained from a means tested bursary and Be Brilliant Foundation, this can be used against any of the additional costs.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course would allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in Art and Design for the second year, and then on to higher education to study any aspect of art and design. 

Should you decide to enter the world of employment the Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 GSCE A-level grades A*-C.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Boston College directly.

Last updated date: 09 February 2017

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