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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at South Downs College

Course description

To become a successful artist you will need to have a wide range of skills using a variety of media and techniques. 

This course is for anyone who has an ability and willingness to design, draw, paint, construct and create artwork using both traditional and digital media. 

You will need to have an interest in the work of other artists, as well as an ability to recognise and appreciate others’ skills and working methods.

You will also need to take advice and criticism and be open to other people’s tastes and design needs; some of the project briefs given to you will take on issues such as equality and diversity, environmental issues and the Third World.

Course content

This exciting and varied course allows you to work with a range of art media and related processes and techniques. Projects are varied and will include workshop in glass, ceramics, painting, printing, photography, graphics, textiles and sculpture, with possible opportunities to work for real life clients and commissions.

Visits to galleries and working studios provide you with an additional insight into the work of artists, designers/makers and the art and artefacts of other cultures. 

You will work with experienced artists, designers and craft persons and will be encouraged to develop creative practical and theoretical skills to high standards.The course offers art study tours to UK and European countries.

The course will culminate in an exhibition of work.


Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Language and usually Mathematics.


Each project brief covers units that build through the two years of the course to provide an eighteen unit award.

All units are assessed at either Pass, Merit or Distinction grade with a final grade awarded at the end of the course.

Students progressing into higher education should achieve Merit grading and above to gain sufficient UCAS points.

Financial information

You will have the opportunity and are encouraged to participate in a variety of educational study visits, which will incur an additional cost determined by the nature of the visit.

Future opportunities

On completion of the course students typically progress to HND or degree level higher education courses in a wide variety of related disciplines.

Some students may opt for a further one-year Pre-Degree course before entering university or may find employment.

Further information

You should establish a habit of reading books, magazines and the quality press as part of your art & design studies.

Assignments and tests for Functional Skills will be incorporated into the programme of learning.

All students will have access to computers, either PC or Apple Macintosh. You should allow 15 hours per week for home/independent study.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2016

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