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Art and Design Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma at Highbury College

Course description

This course is for you if you want to develop your artistic skills and progress on to a creative career.

The programme includes a wide range of creative disciplines from painting, drawing, sculpture and printmaking through to alternative textiles and CAD.

You will also get the opportunity of working on live projects for real clients giving you professional experience, which is ideal for progressing on to employment.

The programme has also been designed to provide a strong foundation for progressing on to a broad range of creative subjects at university.

You will learn in a variety of ways, including hands-on demonstrations, skills workshops, artist led and formal art lessons.

There are many opportunities to learn from experience and as such museum trips, special events, gallery visits and off-site activities form a strong core of the programme.

Course content

The programme includes an exciting and diverse range of art and design based subjects and projects, some of which are ‘live’ for real gallery exhibitions or design briefs for clients.

At the outset we aim to improve your existing creative skills and introduce you to many new and unusual approaches to making art.

The programme is a balanced mixture of taught subject matter and individual assignments allowing freedom of choice and personal expression.

The range of units and topics you can expect to study include drawing and painting, graphic design, printmaking, contextual studies, principles of fine art, design methods, and specialist investigations into subject matter of your own choosing.

Entry requirements

  • You will need four GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and a creative subject, and minimum of a D in Maths or a full Level 2 qualification, at merit grade, with literacy and numeracy at the appropriate level.
  • Evidence of previous work experience would be useful and a willingness to work in the industry and the ability to succeed are equally important.
  • All places on this course are subject to an interview with a portfolio of previous work and an initial assessment.


Assessment is by coursework portfolio. Your work will be graded at either Pass, Merit or Distinctio

Future opportunities

After the programme the majority of students progress on to university to study art or design subject specialisms. Because the programme covers a wide range of subjects, successful students can progress onto a diverse choice of Degree pathways.

Recent Degree choices have included Fine Art, Interior Design, Architecture, Photography, Fashion Accessory Design, Illustration and Animation.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 May 2016
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