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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design at The Victory Academy

Course description

This course supports you to become occupationally ready to take up employment in the Art and Design sector at the appropriate level.  By studying a BTEC extended Diploma learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required, including essential employability skills and apply them in real work contexts.

This course is primarily a technical level qualification, equivalent to 3 A levels, which has been designed to occupy a full time curriculum, 27 lessons per week, enabling learners to develop a significant common core of knowledge including visual recording, selection and control of art and design materials, idea development and idea communication, providing extensive opportunity to study in more depth a range of areas of their choice.

Course content

Year 12:

Project 1 - Urban vs. Nature

This project covers unit 42.

This unit encourages you to collect research material in order to investigate various methods of printmaking techniques.  Your brief specifies that you have to explore either natural or urban environments so you can design and produce a commerically viable wallpaper design.

Project 2 - Project in co-operation with the Royal Opera House

This project covers unit 3

The Royal Opera House reaches out to school with a set design brief for for our students to work towards.  For example, our students have been requested to enter the national competition to produce either a costume or a set design for the ipera 'Madame Butterfly'.  The project focuses on the creative process and allows students to understand the structure of a successful creative project.

Project 3 - Human Form Sculpture Project

This project covers units 13 & 38

By studying a range of sculptors who look at the human figure, students are given the opportunity to make work that reflects the styles eveidenced in their research and their own.  They will use a wide range of materials and techniques to make both realistic and abstract work.  They will then focus on one material they want to specialise in to build their own portfolio of work.  This project does require students to attend an extra-curricular life drawing class.

Project 4 - The Environment

This project covers unit 14

Sustainability has become a big issue worldwide.  This project will explore materials that can be used to create fashion items.  The time will be spent looking at textile techniques on on a wide range of materials that are collected independently.  They will then work to design a suitable outfit which will be created in their selected recycled materials.

Year 13

Project 1 - Dreams, Visions & Nighmares

This project covers units 4 & 41

This project's brief encourages you to explore the 3 different above themes in existing work, before exploring a wide variety of paints and techniques.  Over time you build up ideas and designs in order to produce a range of final pieces and canvasses

Project 2 - Image and Text

The project covers units 5 & 21

During this time, students will be working towards their mock exam, exploring how artists choose to combine images and text within their work to communicate ameaning.  This will be self-directed study where students will hace control over who they research, which materials they use and how they produce their final outcomes.  As this is the last of their coursework projects, they will conclude their time by exploring the purpose of having an artist's portfolio and produce their own.


Entry requirements

Five GCSE's Grades A* - C including Grade 4 in Engish Language or Literature, Grade 4 in Maths and to have studied an Art specialism at level 1 or level 2 standard for equivalent at Key Stage 4.


You will need to develop a portfolio of work towards each of the project briefs, to show your skills and knowledge gained throughout each unit. 

There will be two externally assessed taks which tke place in year 13. 

The exam covers units 1, 2 & 7. 

Exam Part 1 - Contextual piece of writing exploring a theme from the Art World.

Exam Part 2 - Project based on se theme from the examining board.

Future opportunities

If you are interested in Art, Craft or Design and if you have an aptitude for the subject you could succeed and go onto develop a successful career.  There are many different fields within Art that you can specialise.  To name a few: Animation, Web Design, Architecture, Gaming, Set Design, Fashion or Textiles Design, Interior or Food Decorator, Photographer, Illustrator, Art Dealer, Make-up Artist, Jewellery Design, Video Editor, Curator, Art Therapy, Floral or Furniture Design.  By passing this qualification, you would be eligible to do a foundation degree or move on to higher education or apprenticeships in the creative industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Victory Academy directly.

Last updated date: 13 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: Edexcel