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BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design (Ceramics) Level 3 at Richmond Adult Community College

Course description

The BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in 3D Crafts - Ceramics is designed to give learners the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to progress towards professional practice or further academic study of Ceramics and 3D Crafts. You will gain an in depth experience of the techniques, disciplines and issues within the contemporary 3D Crafts field and will use this to build a portfolio for application to university or your own professional practice. The course can be combined with the BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design to attain the UCAS points required by some universities for direct entry. It is broadly equivalent to one GCE A Level.

Course content

The course will be structured around a series of projects. Initially these will be focussed on skills and technique within the various 3D Crafts- Ceramics disciplines and are aimed at developing your confidence and experience of less familiar approaches. These include slip casting, handbuildng, throwing, glazing and surface decorative techniques. Following this, projects will become more thematic and aimed at ideas development, process your contextual referencing. Here you will be able to explore your own interests and preferred approaches within a structured context. The final project will give you the opportunity to work to your own brief and present work in a exhibition. The sketchbook will be a very important part of this course and you will learn to use it as a tool to record, develop and contextualise the journey of your work. Your practical work will be supported by art & design history talks and seminars and you will be required do some written work.

Entry requirements

As this is a Level 3 course, you will require previous experience in this subject or transferable skills from an alternative art and design discipline. You are welcome to attend an Information Day to discuss your suitability for the course if required. A minimum of Level 1 Literacy is required for you to be able to read project briefs.


The course is assessed through a range of assessment methods; written essays or reports, presentations, portfolio and sketch book work. This range of assessments is to broaden your experience and prepare you for the various assessment methods used by the universities. There are deadlines for assignments, throughout the course which you will need to meet to continue and gain the qualification.

Further information This course may not be set up yet but it will be available in 2012

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richmond Adult Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2017
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