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Art & Design BTEC Diploma at St John's Marlborough

Course description

The BTEC Diploma in Art and Design is a two year full-time course equivalent to 1½ A levels. It is a project-based course that lets you develop your portfolio so you have the best possible chance of getting a place at art college or on a BA degree. You’ll learn about skills and concepts central to art, design, craft and communication, developing your critical awareness, your creative abilities, and your capacity to explore new ideas.

Course content

The course is designed to help you further develop your understanding of historical, contemporary and related contexts to inform and inspire your own working practices. The knowledge and skills you have acquired through your learning so far are linked to new challenges, extending your critical independence and self-awareness, and preparing you to make relevant choices in your progression and career. You will respond to briefs and work to deadlines, preparing you for the realities of working in the creative sector. 


Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design

Unit 2: Critical and Contextual studies in Art and Design

Unit 3: The Creative Process

Unit 4: Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design

Unit 10: Graphics Materials, Techniques and Processes

Unit 14: Textiles Materials, Techniques and Processes

Entry requirements

You should have achieved at least grade B in Art and Design at GCSE, or completed a Level 2 BTEC First Diploma with a Merit. If you have not achieved grade B in GCSE Art, a portfolio will be required.


Units are assessed using a grading scale of Distinction, Merit and Pass.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design gives you a route into higher education. You can go on to study for a foundation degree, HND or a BA degree in many areas of the art and design sector and other arts-related subjects, or into employment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John's Marlborough directly.

Last updated date: 18 November 2016

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