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Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

If you are a creative, innovative and inquisitive person who enjoys creating and responding to new challenges, briefs and projects, then this course offers you a diverse and exciting range of opportunities and experiences in Art and Design. This is a vocational art and design course which will enable you to explore a variety of disciplines and develop your skills. The course will also help you to identify which area you may like to pursue as a career. The subjects taught include fine art (drawing, painting and printmaking), 3D design, photography, graphic design, community art, sculpture and associated computer software. The programme is for students looking to pursue a career in art and design. It is ideal for those who want to experience a broad range of areas before progressing onto the Art Foundation course and specialising at university. The course allows you to undertake extension specialist units in the field you to want follow in higher education level or as a career.

Course content

The Subsidiary Diploma consists of four mandatory units:
- Visual Recording in Art and Design
- Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
- Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
- Communication Through Art and Design

There are also specialist units from which you choose, including:
- Graphic Design
- 3D Design
- Painting
- Photography
- Fine Art

You will complete a total of nine units to achieve the Subsidiary Diploma which will take one year. Those who do well and wish to progress onto the second year will complete a further three units to achieve the Diploma, or a further nine to achieve the Extended Diploma.

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade A*- Art and Design, D&T Graphics or D&T Product Design and English Language or Literature. Alternatively you must have A Level 2 Diploma in an Art and Design related subject, or an equivalent qualification and Level 2 Key Skills (Communication).


The programme is practically based and develops your art and design skills and personal style, whilst enabling you to develop a portfolio of your work. The course also provides opportunities in career planning. The evidence based nature of the projects enables you to build up your skills, experiences and knowledge over an extended period of time, allowing you to develop at a much higher level. Where possible, projects are run in conjunction with practising artists, designers, industrial partners and community based clients and stakeholders.

Future opportunities

This course offers progression into a diverse range of creative industries and practices. Many students will extend their experience with a Foundation Art & Design course prior to Higher Education or study related courses at university. Specialisms which students progress on to include architecture, illustration, product design, photography, fine art, sculpture, interior design, multi-media design and structural packaging.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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