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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Brockenhurst College

Course description

This course is for you if you have a focused interest in Art and Design and wish to pursue a career in this field.  You will develop a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attitudes essential for success in Higher Education and employment.

The Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is an exciting and challenging practical based course which encourages you to engage with and evaluate a broad range of Art and Design practices.  It is designed to provide an educational foundation for a range of careers in Art and Design related disciplines and employment.

You will learn and develop techniques and skills, by carrying out a series of set assignments and briefs that incorporate a range of skills and learning experiences outlined in the units.  There will be a final major project at the end of the second year.

Course content

Mandatory units cover

  • visual recording
  • materials, techniques and processes
  • ideas and concepts
  • communication through Art
  • contextual influences.

Optional professional units use relevant technology and extend your insight and appreciation of the work of other artists.

Optional specialist units expand and develop

  • 2D and 3D skills
  • media
  • techniques, processes and ideas

and will introduce you to specialist areas in Art and Design such as:

  • fine art
  • graphic design
  • life drawing
  • textiles
  • photography
  • 3D

Entry requirements

  • Grade B in GCSE Art or equivalent
  • 4 GCSE grades A*– C including at least a grade C in GCSE English and/or GCSE Maths.
  • Exceptional students may be offered places upon strong portfolio evidence. 


During the first year, you will follow the Level 3 ‘90 credit’ Diploma in Art and Design. After successful completion of this in year one, there is opportunity to progress onto year two in order to complete the full Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

The course is continuous assessment through assignment based project work. At the end of the first year, successful students will be awarded the Btec Level 3 ‘90 credit’ Diploma in Art & Design, students must achieve this to enable progression on to year two to gain the full Btec Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design. 

Financial information

Students pay a studio fee of £50 in the first year, and £35 in the second year, which includes a basic starter pack and will cover initial basic studio materials to introduce students to processes and techniques. 

Students are required to buy their own materials for extended independent experimental work and for final pieces. 

Many materials can be purchased at reasonable prices from the college Art shop, situated in the Art Department, open daily. 

The course aims to visit galleries and exhibitions where necessary, which students may be required to pay for.

Future opportunities

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is a good basis for work in the Art industries and employment. 

You may decide to progress onto Higher Education, including direct entry into Art and Design courses at degree level. 

Careers range from; Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Interior Design, Product Design, 3D Design, Advertising etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 February 2016

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