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Art and Design (Graphics) BTEC Level 3 Certificate/Extended Certificat at Reigate College

Course description

This practical course has an emphasis on visual communciation skills and the exploration of media.  It promotes an experimental approach and the development of creative and innovative methods of expressing personal design concepts.

The course is suitable for students who wish to get to grips with the kind of Graphics used in all creative branches of the Design and Advertising industries.

Course content

Students will undertake assignments designed to expore different aspects of Art, Design and Graphics.

Each unit will focus on the skills required for different career pathways within the creative industry e.g Typography, Printmaking, Drawing, Packaging Design, Advertising, Model Making, Digitial Photography and Photographic Manipulation.

In the Spring Term of the second year, students will have the opportunity to develop an individual project that will focus on the specialist area they wish to pursue.

There will be opportunities to work on assignments in conjunction with other art-related departments at College, as well as regular trips to visit galleries, museums and other inspirational places. 

Entry requirements

Students will need GCSE Grade C or above in Art or Design or a BTEC Level 2 in Art & Design at Merit or above. 

Students will need to demonstrate a high level of commitment and interest in Art and Design.  They should also have a good creative imagination and have the ability to apply creative thinking to Art and Design briefs.

Being organised and meeting deadlines are also critical to success.  Good drawing skills will be beneficial. 


This course is assessed by coursework and external assessment and students should note that they are expected to complete a variety of time consuming independent assignments outside College.  

The exam board is Edexcel.


Future opportunities

Many students go on to take a one year foundation course at an Art College, or enrol directly on to a degree course in the area of Design they want to specialise in e.g, Graphic Design, Advertising or Architecture. Students can also progress to careers in all areas of print and digital media, from illustrating hand-made books to website design.

Further information

Art & Design/Graphics students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related experiences. In the last couple of years, these have included trips to:

  • London Galleries
  • New York

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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