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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Calderdale College

Course description

This is the course which follows on as the second year to the Art and Design BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma which aims to enhance the knowledge you have gained as part of the 90 Credit Diploma using a wide range of media and techniques. It also helps you prepare for a specialism to help give you the best opportunity to achieve your chosen career.

Course content

This creative programme allows you to develop your skills in a wide range of Art and Design media techniques through a series of core units and projects that are underpinned with contextual references and visual recording. These core elements prepare you to specialise in specific areas that can include:

  • Fashion Design
  • Surface Pattern
  • Textiles for Fashion
  • Textiles for Interiors
  • Print Graphics and Design
  • Illustration Media
  • Games Character Design
  • Fine Arts
  • 3D Crafts

During the course, you will have the opportunity to gain vocational experience working on out enterprise business and participate in the annual fashion show, work within live briefs, enter competitions and take part in vocational off site trips to exhibits and galleries.

This course will enable you to progress onto the one-year Foundation Art and Design course.

 16-18? You may be able to study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


Entry requirements

An advanced course suitable for those with at least five GCSEs at grades A* - C which include GCSE Maths or English. Applicants may also be required to show examples of art work or portfolios at the interview.


Assessment is continuous with tutor feedback. At the end of Year 2 learners will have produced a final major project which is externally assessed.

Financial information

This course is free for students aged 16-18. In most cases, students who are aged 18 and under who enrol on a full time course will have their fees waived.

Future opportunities

After this course you will be eligible to progress onto the
Extended Diploma or BTEC Foundation Diploma or into employment as: Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Interior Designer, Architectural Design

Further information

The Advice and Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give you information about College courses and provide initial guidance to help you choose which course is best for you. Our Student Advisors can also offer financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees or travel. Our Student Advisors, along with the C&K Careers team are also on hand to give you necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to Further and Higher Education or employment. 

To help you succeed in your course of study, we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other conditions which significantly affect your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or further information about what support is available, please don't hesitate to contact our Study Support team on 01422 399347.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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