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Art and Design BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 at Kennet School

Course description

If you want to study art, design or craft at a higher level and intend on working in these fields professionally, then you are a candidate for BTEC. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels. The creative industries are respected internationally and form an important part of the UK economy. In 2014, the government reported that the creative industries were worth £71.4 billion per year. 1.68 million of all jobs in the UK were in the creative industries and that it was one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. The course offers you the opportunity to study art full time, although you can study one other A Level as well. The course covers a wide range of disciplines including fine art, 3D, graphic design, digital lens based media, traditional photography, textiles and contextual studies, which together build an impressive portfolio to get you into Art College or university.

Course content

If you want to study art, design or craft at a higher level and intend on working in these fields professionally, then you are a candidate for BTEC. The qualification is equivalent to 3 A levels. The creative industries are respected internationally and form an important part of the UK economy. In 2014, the government reported that the creative industries were worth £71.4 billion per year. 1.68 million of all jobs in the UK were in the creative industries and that it was one of the fastest growing areas of the economy. The course offers you the opportunity to study art full time, although you can study one other A Level as well. The course covers a wide range of disciplines including fine art, 3D, graphic design, digital lens based media, traditional photography, textiles and contextual studies, which together build an impressive portfolio to get you into Art College or university.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five A*- C grade GCSEs, with a B in Art.

Assessment

The assessment of assignments from 13 units over two years is based upon a portfolio of artwork including drawings, paintings, prints, maquettes, samples, photographs, digital work and largescale outcomes. Some themes are set by the exam board, but the majority of assignments will be set by you. You will present your ideas to a range of different audiences through display, exhibitions and PowerPoint presentations.

Future opportunities

Kennet Art Department has a long history of success in vocational art. Past students have progressed into Further and Higher Education courses including places at Saint Martin’s, the London School of Fashion, the London College of Printing, universities and various art colleges. Students have also been awarded scholarships to study. The qualification carries a substantial number of UCAS points. The BTec course can mean you don’t necessarily need to study an Art Foundation course before applying for a degree. Students have gained employment in graphics, illustration, ceramics, animation, photography, furniture design, education and media. HESA statistics show that over 90% of art graduates gain employment in the arts sector. Arts and media are growth industries which offer talented students thrilling careers. The BTec course provides a broad and exciting start to your artistic aspirations and its content relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for HE, an apprenticeship or entry directly into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kennet School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Years

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