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Art & Design BTEC at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

If you dream of being a fashion designer, an interior designer, a graphic designer or working as a sculptor or an artist, BTEC Art and Design is for you! What does the course involve? We offer the Level 2 Diploma at Comberton. This is a double option choice which means that you spend six periods per week immersing yourself in art and making techniques so that you can realise your dream of working with art sooner. BTEC Art and Design is a challenging program requiring commitment, a love of drawing and designing, an ability to work to deadlines and self discipline. It is also very rewarding, not only because of the opportunity to gain the equivalent of four GCSEs, but because we try, wherever possible to work in a vocational context using ‘live briefs’. This approach has meant that a student in her first term won a prestigious sculpture competition and will see her design scaled up and displayed permanently in public. Two year 10 girls have won a top Architecture competition recently and again have been presented prizes by a top architect. Results like this go onto your CV and offer a fantastic launch-pad into the design world. What do you study? There is no exam as such in BTEC Art and Design, although students do work on a final Major Project in Year 11. As with all BTEC courses, the two year course is broken down into six units and is all assessed internally; students start working towards their final grade from day one. The units we cover are: - 2D and 3D Visual Communication - Contextual References in Art and Design - Explore and Develop Art and Design Ideas - Produce an Art and Design Outcome - Working with 3D design Crafts Briefs - Working with Graphic Design Briefs So far, this year’s intake have designed their own Avatar, explored and practised Jamie Hewlett’s techniques for the Gorrilaz videos, grappled with both re-cycling and sculpture techniques, tried Life Drawing and visited a sculpture studio to learn stone carving. They have visited galleries in London and have been inspired by Anthony Gormley to get plastered! The spring term sees them out and about in Cambridge learning first hand about printmaking and animation. This information will be used to design artwork and interiors for a Cambridge coffee bar. Next term – who knows! This is an exciting and fast paced program where you get to challenge yourself and have fun doing it. If you love art – it’s a course made for you! Is this course right for me? BTEC Art and Design is a challenging programme requiring commitment, a love of drawing and designing, an ability to work to deadlines and self discipline. Ideally pupils be will - Be really keen to develop their art and design skills and to want to work in this field in the future - Be self motivated and keen to develop as an independent learner - Have demonstrated clear aptitude in Art in Year 9

Future opportunities

As with all BTEC courses, the progression options are very varied. There is the opportunity to continue with further study in art and design, either with A levels, BTEC Nationals or NVQ courses; to go out and get a job in the art and design field; or to continue with study in other areas, with a broad background of subjects behind you.

Further information

Contact Enquiries for further information. Delivery: Usually as part of a full-time programme

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: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years