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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma Art and Design (Graphics, Photography and Fine Art) at Bournville College

Course description

The 60 Credit Subsidiary Diploma offers a flexible approach to undertaking an Art and Design qualification, allowing students to explore the assignment briefs and follow specialist pathways such as graphics, photography or traditional art. The 60 Credit Subsidiary will give students the opportunity to gain an A Level equivalent qualification through completion of coursework over two years, and is recognised and accepted by universities alongside 2 or 3 other A Level subjects. Art and Design, as you would expect, is a practical subject, which will exercise students creative muscles, expand their reflective thinking, develop their analytical and critical thinking, and satisfy the need to be creative through individual outcomes. If you enjoyed art-related subjects at year 11, and you enjoy working with your hands as well as your brain, then this course could be the perfect antidote to give you some balance to your A Levels.

Course content

All units can be studied following your chosen pathway, such as graphics for example.
Visual Recording and drawing from life, and recording from primary sources for the development of artwork
Materials, Techniques and Processes learning the skills to produce interesting and exciting outcomes
Ideas and Concepts understanding how other artists have developed ideas, which can then be applied to your development of ideas
Communicating through Art and Design how to convey meaning in your own work
Design Methods learning how to manage a project using the Design Development Cycle
Exploring Specialist Techniques an opportunity to continue and build on the skills you have learnt to develop a self-directed project

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs Grade C or above, preferably a Grade C in an art-related subject.


The course will include 6 units of study, 3 units per year. Each unit will be presented as a project brief which will allow each learner to complete the unit within a clear and organised structure of work and there will be 3 assessment points throughout each year.

Future opportunities

With a qualification in our 60 Credit Subsidiary in Art & Design you could go into higher education and/or work in areas such as graphic design, advertising and photography.

Further information

If you are interested in studying this course please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 August 2016
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