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Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Leicester College

Course description

This established BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3 course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding to become a creative practitioner. It is a two-year programme providing a broad-based art and design overview which can lead students into an exciting range of career areas including: graphic design, illustration, interior design, photography, digital art and media architecture, fine art and crafts, curation, gallery technician, and prop design. Each year comprises of 90 credits. The course is supported by regular trips to galleries and museums as well as location research trips. There is also a developing programme of artist/designer and opportunities for work experience, volunteering, and live projects. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme, which will include retaking GCSEs or undertaking Functional Skills in English and maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 or above. You will also be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme.

Course content

In year one of this full-time BTEC art and design course you will study a mixture of mandatory and optional units that are comprised drawing and painting, still life and life drawing, graphics, mixed media, screen printing, 3D, ceramics, textiles, history of art and contextual studies. The areas in which you are most successful can form the basis for your major project in the second year. The second year of the programme continues to explore and capitalise on skills and techniques from year one leading to your specialising in the areas of your choice for your final major project. You will also learn how to use related machinery safely within our specialist workshops.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one good reference, 90% attendance at your last place of work or study, and four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, including English and an art-related subject, Maths is desirable but not essential. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course. Consideration will be given to all applicants over the age of 19, who do not hold formal English and maths qualifications.


All units are assessed through practical assignments.You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve. There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Financial information

Material fee £50.00.

Future opportunities

The extended diploma is the equivalent of 3 A levels. This level 3 course allows successful learners to progress either into the creative arts industry or higher education in art related qualifications, or a range of allied subject areas. The course equips learners to enter the creative industries at a junior level. There will also be an element of simulated work experience through live projects, competitions and industrial assignments during year two of the course. Successful completion of the course means you will be eligible to study for a degree in a related field.

Further information

Apply online via UCAS Progress or the College website. You will need details of your qualifications, a reference, and a personal statement to complete your application. Once your application has been successfully processed, you will be sent a conditional offer and be invited to a Welcome Event at the College to meet your tutors, learn more about your chosen course of study and tour the facilities. You will then need to confirm your acceptance of the course offered to you. For more information contact our Customer Service Centre on 0116 2242240 or visit

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 29 September 2017
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