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Art and Design (3D Design) BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

The course is designed for students who want to develop a knowledge and understanding of practical skills within the 3D design field. This course prepares you for work within the design industry, progression onto University or a design based apprenticeship.

The course approach is towards practical work in well-equipped, specialist studios. Production of 3D prototypes exploring a range of materials and processes is supported with the production of 3D computer generated models using a range of 3D Design software. Drawing, presentation and design methods and skills are taught as discreet subjects as well as a component of design assignments.

Course content

The course is project based and will introduce you to a range of design specialisms including:

Small Scale –

Product Design – Craft (ceramics and jewellery / Metalwork)

Product Design – Industrial (mass manufacture)

Large Scale – 


Interior Design


Human Scale -

Transport Design (Automotive)

Contemporary Furniture Design

Mandatory Units: All specialist studies are underpinned with the delivery of core units which link to your practical assignments.


Visual Recording in Art & Design 

Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art & Design

 Ideas and Concepts in Art & Design

Communication through Art & Design

Contextual Influences in Art & Design

Specialist Units:

3D Computer Modelling

3D Design Media, Techniques and Technology

Large-scale Working (architectural)

Small-scale Working

Product Design (Industrial / Craft)

Application, Exploration and Realisation (FMP)

Design Methods in Art and Design

Design Principles in Art and Design

Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design

Computers in Art and Design

Human-scale Working (automotive)

Human-scale Design (automotive)

Entry requirements

Minimum of four GCSE's at grade C or above to include English and Maths (Grade 4 or above) and a relevant arts based subject. Alternatively a BTEC Level 2 qualification in a related subject at Distinction is acceptable. Applicants will be invited to attend an interview at which a portfolio of work will be reviewed. Mature candidates with appropriate experience and portfolio will also be considered.


All non A Level qualifications including BTECs will now have some part of the course assessed externally (up to a maximum of 40% of the units). This still means that the majority of a BTEC course is assessed as normal as a student progresses through the two years by the teachers at the College through the coursework but there will be some units that have external assessments. The external assessments can take many forms: some might be practical projects such as responding to a particular brief or working on a project in controlled conditions, as well as traditional written or online examinations. Examples of all of the different types of assessment will be created in time to allow all students to practice and prepare for the real thing.

Future opportunities

The Extended Diploma is a proven and acceptable entry qualification to a BA Honours degree and qualifies directly for UCAS points. The course helps develop a portfolio of work that prepares the learner for a wide and diverse range of careers both in employment and self-employment - this includes freelance and in-house design work across a range of disciplines. Some students also become design apprentices who are linked to an employer and attend College as 'day release' students. The course has an established success record in enabling students to take advantage of extensive and wide ranging opportunities for study in higher education in universities and colleges throughout the UK and Europe

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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