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Art & Design BTEC Diploma-Extended Diploma Level 3 at PETROC

Course description

You will gain experience of all disciplines within Art and Design before specialising your studies into your own chosen field demonstrating independence and autonomy in directing your own time management and studio practice. A professional portfolio is developed alongside key work experience skills applied in presentation skills, interview techniques, live briefs and self-promotion.

We have two large scale, purpose built, art studios where students have their own personal work areas. In addition we have specialist workshops and facilities to support each of the specialist areas. These include fashion/textiles - industrial and domestic machines, mannequins, print and constructed textiles; graphics illustration - full suite of apple mac computers with industry standard software for graphics, image making, film and animation; fine art - painting, printmaking, sculpture, film, photography; 3D crafts- mixed media, glass, ceramics, wood, stitch and metal facilities.

Course content

After an introductory period developing skills in a wide range of disciplines, students will complete an assignment in all of the specialist pathways in order to help make a choice of their future pathway. The BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design is a general art and design programme with specialist choices. This is an Advanced Level course. 

Achievement with Distinction attracts 360 UCAS points equivalent to three A Levels and 100% of students achieve the qualification. The course offers students a generic start point and introduces them to a range of ideas, materials, processes and techniques via the diagnostic phase which introduces them to specialist pathways in fine art 3D/Craft, textiles, fashion and graphics/illustration. Students will opt into one of a specialist pathways by January of year one and work in that specialism for the remainder of the course. 

The programme edges students chronologically towards independence and a confirmatory final major project and exhibition concludes their programme. The programme is fully supported by a comprehensive seminar and lecture programme which exposes students to generic and specialist historical and contextual references which forms a key basis for informing both studio practice and the written component of the course. The course is modular with exciting scenario based projects set against units that can be achieved at Pass Merit and Distinction grades. You will have to choose and complete a range of units, be organised, and take some assessments that we will set and mark, and keep a portfolio of your assignments.

The course is delivered through a range of assignments, these assignments have an industrial context and where possible are 'live' briefs. Building from the core units, you will be prepared during your first year to start to take more responsibility over the direction of your work. During the second year you will select specialist units and your work will become self directed.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade C or above

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above, or equivalent, including English Maths, or BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design. You will also be asked to provide a portfolio of recent artwork showing your skills and interest in art and design and reflecting your chosen specialism. All applicants should have completed an art and design related GCSE.


Assessed work will be graded pass, merit, or distinction (the A Level equivalents are E for pass, C for merit and A for distinction). These are then condensed down to the three grades you will receive at the end of the course. Each of the three grades is equivalent to an A Level and accepted as such by universities and the industry.

The course is mainly assessed through coursework portfolios, there are four externally assessed units. All assessed work is scheduled to strict deadlines over the course of the programme, failure to submit work on time can affect the overall grade awarded. All assessments are marked by two lecturers and a sample is verified by an Edexcel examiner. This ensures that all marking is fair and matches Edexcel national standards.

Future opportunities

Many Petroc students choose to progress to specialist degree courses in art and design, either here at Petroc or elsewhere. On successful completion students progress to University courses, freelance work, apprenticeships and work placements, with application through UCAS, portfolio development, interview preparation all done alongside the course.

Work experience includes opportunity’s to be involved in live industry briefs, public exhibitions, open events, running workshops, self-promotion, visiting artists talks, and national competitions. Whatever your plans in life – whether you decide to study further, go on to work or an apprenticeship, or set up your own business – your BTEC National will be your passport to success in the next stage of your life.

Further information

Q. Who is the course for?
A. Anyone who wishes to further their art and design education and has a strong desire to pursue a career in any of the art and design industries. You will need to be innovative, creative and motivated. You will have an open mind and be prepared to explore and experiment within the structured yet flexible course.

Q. What can this course lead to?
A. This course can give you the opportunity to build a portfolio to progress onto university in specialist areas such as graphics, illustration, photography, fine art, sculpture, painting, arts practice, 3D, crafts, fashion, textiles, interior design, fashion promotion and styling, animation, film, multi-media design and theatre costume. See our student comments for their own experiences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 February 2017

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