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Art & Design (Fine Art) BTEC Extended Diploma at Solihull College & University Centre

Course description

Our Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design caters for those who wish to delve in to a career applying an artistic mind to a number of different artistic mediums, such as drawing, sculpting, photography, painting and printmaking, whilst learning about the history and heritage of some of the greatest pieces of art and those who created them.

Course content

During the course you will learn the following:

- Art history and theory - through research and gallery visits,
- Drawing development,
- Exploring materials and techniques i.e. printmaking, painting, sculpture,
- Photography/Digital Imaging,
- Presentation skills,
- Generating and developing ideas in art and design,
- Exploring moving image.

You will produce project work in the first year that covers all these areas, with additional sessions studying observational and figure drawing and art & design history.

The second year goes into more depth in all of the briefs you are assigned, but you will have more freedom to specialise in the area you wish to progress into through Pathway and Final Major Projects

Entry requirements

At least four GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (Art is essential and English Language is preferred) or a BTEC First Diploma in Art & Design at Merit grade or above.

As well as this you will attend a College Interview and present a portfolio of your work.

All students will undertake a six week introductory/diagnostic course prior to progressing on to the Extended Diploma.


To pass this course you will have to produce a portfolio of work through the completion of set projects.

Future opportunities

Progression from this course is normally into higher education which could be a HND, Foundation Degree or BA Hons in Fine Art or a related subject. This could lead to careers in design for Fine Art practice, museum/exhibition work, illustration, and teaching.

Further information

At the start of the course, trips to galleries take place on a weekly basis, there will be some payment required to cover the costs of these trips. As the course progresses these become less frequent as students are expected to visit galleries independently. Included in these, there is normally the opportunity to take part on a trip overseas which is usually within mainland Europe.

Students are expected to purchase a starter kit of essential materials, sketchbooks and a portfolio at the start of the course. Throughout the course you will need to pay for paper, sketchbooks, and photographic film / paper as well as replacement materials for your kit.

Having your own digital camera is not essential but would be advantageous.

Good levels of English and Maths are important for your success in your course, your chosen vocation and life. Throughout your course you will continue to develop your English and Maths skills in your vocational classes.

If you haven't achieved an A*/9 - C/4 grade in English or Maths at GCSE, or a Level 2 Functional Skill, you will also be working towards a qualification in English or Maths at a level that will enable you to progress towards these grades.

If you have a Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview. If you need help completing your application we can help with this too.

Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Solihull College & University Centre directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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