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Art and Design BTEC Foundation Diploma at Northumberland College

Course description

This course is for anyone who would like to become a professional artist or designer, and those who want to study art and design at university.

Course content

You will study the course in three stages: Stage 1: The Exploratory Phase, where you have the opportunity to study the many and varied aspects of art and design including fine art (painting, sculpture, print making, photography studies), fashion and textiles, graphic design and computer imaging and 3D design. Stage 2: The Pathways Stage, during which you select one of the above areas to study in. Stage 3: The Confirmatory Stage, this consists of the final major project. This work will represent a culmination of the knowledge you have acquired so far and is graded either Refer Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry requirements

You will need to have five GCSEs at grade C or above, or 3 GCSEs at grade C or above plus one A Level. You will normally need to be at least 18 by 31 December of the year you join the course.


Your progress will be assessed by experienced lecturers. This course provides an intensive learning experience in a creative, user-friendly environment. Through the study of a wide range of art and design disciplines, you will have the opportunity to explore your practical skills and to learn how to develop and analyse ideas. Drawing underpins all these activities, and the study of the history of art provides a theoretical base.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 May 2016

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    • You will benefit from excellent facilities that are of industry standard so you'll be prepared for your future career.

      We have recently invested £6.5 million at the campus and our excellent training facilities include:

      • Dedicated studio space for art, design, fashion, textiles and photography
      • Replica aircraft for cabin crew training
      • Luxurious hair and beauty salon with nail bar and individual treatment rooms
      • Engineering and advanced manufacturing workshops equipped with the latest technologies
      • Spacious motor vehicle workshop with five vehicle bays and diagnostic equipment
      • Large construction workshops dedicated to carpentry and joinery, highways, brickwork, tiling and painting and decorating
      • Electrical installation workshops
      • The Gallery restaurant, modern 40 seat commercially run modern restaurant
      • Fully equipped industry standard commercial kitchens
      • Health skills room
      • A choice of places to eat and catch up with friends
      • Learning Resource Centre with a range of learning material resources, an IT suite and quiet study areas.