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Art and Design BTEC Foundation Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is designed for post A-Level students preparing them not only to progress to top Universities but to do so with an informed confidence. It will also act as a platform for anyone wishing to pursue a career within the creative sector as a professional artist or designer.

Course content

The aim of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is to create an exciting and meaningful experience through immersion in a range of activities which nurture students existing abilities, introduce them to new skills, techniques, and ways of seeing the world. Students will develop high levels of critical thinking and creative interpretation. Through our work with Breeze Creatives we are able to offer students a unique opportunity to gain real insight and experience within the Creative sector while studying on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Partnership working with local Universities, Museums and Galleries will also ensure that learners are at the forefront of what is happening within the Art and Design sector giving them a distinct advantage with UCAS and University applications. Initially, students explore the main approaches and processes intrinsic to art, design and communication (including fine art, fashion, textiles, graphics, photography, video and 3D among many others) alongside a programme of drawing and investigation of contemporary art and design. This is followed by a concentrated period of focused work within the students own choice of specialism during which students are thoroughly supported and guided through their UCAS applications by dedicated, specialist tutors.

Entry requirements

You will normally have at least four GCSEs at grade C or above, along with a level 3 qualification such as an A level or BTEC qualification. Those aged 19+ who do not hold the required qualifications will be considered based on previous experience. A portfolio of work that demonstrates your current abilities will be required for interview and you will also need to be or become 18 years of age in the year of study.


Your progress will be assessed by experienced lecturers. This course provides an intensive learning experience in a creative, user-friendly environment. Through the study of a wide range of art and design disciplines, you will have the opportunity to explore your practical skills and develop your creative capacity enabled though the embedding of a clear analytical approach to reviewing your personal progress. Drawing and recording in the broadest sense underpins all these activities, and the study of the history of art provides you with a theoretical base. You will at the end of the course produce a Final Major project which will be inspired, initiated and developed by the student. This project will also determine the final grade you receive for the course, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.