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Art and Design BTEC National Diploma at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

The Art & Design BTEC National Diploma is an applied general qualification which is equivalent to 2 A-Levels. This course provides learners with the opportunity to explore an in-depth vocational approach to the study of Art and Design, helping to prepare students for University and a career in the Creative Industries.

There are many benefits of the course, including an exciting range of units available for students, which will support them in the creation of a very individual and diverse portfolio of work. Each unit is designed to allow students to demonstrate their skills and knowledge in a real-life scenario they are likely to encounter in the workplace. There will be opportunities for learners to work to live, industry-set briefs, wherever possible, to encourage high levels of professional practice.
 
Students will study 8 units over 2 years, including 6 mandatory units and a further 2 optional units. Some mandatory units are set and marked externally by the Examination Board, whilst the majority are internally marked. Optional units allow learners to gain knowledge across a broad range of Art and Design disciplines such as: Photography, Graphics, Interactive Design, Fine Art, 3D Design, Textiles, Fashion and Design Craft. Most units require students to submit a portfolio of work. However, the Critical and Contextual Studies unit requires a written submission in response to a research brief set by the Examination Board.

Course content

Mandatory Units:

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design
  • Developing & Realising Creative Intentions
  • The Creative Process
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Developing an Art and Design portfolio

Optional Units: students choose 2 from:

  • Photographic materials, techniques and processes
  • Graphics materials, techniques and processes
  • Interactive Design materials, techniques and processes
  • Fine Art materials, techniques and processes
  • 3D Design materials, techniques and processes
  • Textiles materials, techniques and processes
  • Fashion materials, techniques and processes
  • Design craft materials, techniques and processes

Entry requirements

To follow a Vocational programme students should have achieved 5 grade C’s at GCSE, normally including English and Mathematics (at grade 5).
 
All students must have a good record of conduct and be comfortable with the values and the ethos of the academy. All students will be interviewed and references sought for external candidates.
 
Progress from Year 12 to Year 13 is not automatic and is dependent upon a successful first year and a pass grade in the progression exams taken at the end of Year 12.

Assessment

Unit externally assessed, 3 hours: portfolio of work:

  • Visual Recording and Communication

Unit externally assessed, 5 hours: written submission:

  • Critical and Contextual Studies in Art and Design

Unit externally assessed, 5 hours: portfolio of work:

  • Developing & Realising Creative Intentions

Unit internally assessed: portfolio of work:

  • The Creative Process
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Developing an Art and Design portfolio
  • Photographic materials, techniques and processes
  • Graphics materials, techniques and processes
  • Interactive Design materials, techniques and processes
  • Fine Art materials, techniques and processes
  • 3D Design materials, techniques and processes
  • Textiles materials, techniques and processes
  • Fashion materials, techniques and processes
  • Design craft materials, techniques and processes

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 December 2016

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