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Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma at Oaklands College

Course description

The BTEC L3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design is a broad based course, comprising of 18 units of work including a self directed Final Major Project and exhibition at the end of the 2 years. You will be introduced to a range of specialist workshops across the following subjects: Graphic Design, 3D Design, Textiles, Ceramics, Photography, Painting and Drawing, Printmaking and Contextual studies. In your second year you will choose two specialist subjects to study in preparation for your personal career path into HE or Employment. These could be a combination of Graphics and Photography, Fine Art and Print, Ceramics and 3D Design or Fashion and Textiles, as Fashion is offered as a specialism in the second year. Throughout your course you will have the support of a personal tutor to help you through the assignments and to give you guidance in your future career. In the second year you will have an hours portfolio building a week, in addition to your tutorial.

Course content

You will learn how to use a variety of different materials across a broad range of techniques and processes, some will be familiar to you some will be new. You will learn new practical skills, but also how to develop your ideas through the design cycle from concept to finished outcome. You will learn how to research and talk about other artists work and how looking at others work can help you develop your own ideas. We will encourage you to become an independent creative thinker who can also be part of a team. Presentation skills are an important part of becoming a designer or artist so regular critiques are held in all classes.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including an Art subject or a Level 2 BTEC Diploma in Art and Design, and preferably English and Maths. All candidates are interviewed and must bring some artwork to the interview in the form of a sketchbook, design boards or photographic evidence of work. Students work may be presented on a CD or USB.BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Graphic Design)

The course is for candidates who wish to study and develop their skills through all aspects of Art and Design. On the course you will learn by completing set assignments through lectures, practical workshops and looking at other artists work. You will be expected to keep abreast of current developments in Art and Design through visiting galleries and exhibitions in your own time to support your studies. The course is predominately practical and prospective students should have the energy and commitment to work in active workshop environments but also, the academic ability to work at A level standard.


All work is internally assessed throughout both years at college assessment weeks. Your work will be assessed by the relevant subject staff, but your personal tutor will keep a record of your progress on a portfolio index. An external moderator visits the department once a year to ensure that we are marking to the correct standard.

Financial information

16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

Future opportunities

The BTEC L3 Extended Diploma is valued by both employers and universities. This course prepares you for employment and provides an excellent grounding for more advanced courses at colleges and Universities. Career paths are many and varied some examples are: Graphic Design, Illustration, Advertising, Set/Theatre Design, Special Effects, Car Design, Interior Architecture, Textiles and Applied Arts, Fine Art, Ceramics, Jewellery Design, Window Display, Fashion and Fashion Promotion and Marketing, Journalistic Photography, Fine Art Photography, Animation.

Further information

All learners at Oaklands College take part in an initial assessment for Maths and English, to help us ensure that everyone reaches their full potential and has the appropriate supporting skills to enable access to University or relevant employment. In year one there is an additionality of L2 Award in print and in year two City and Guilds L2 Life drawing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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