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Art and Design: BTEC Extended Diploma at New College Pontefract

Course description

If you love art and design and feel your future is in the creative industries this course will be great for you. BTEC Art and Design is a full time, two year, level 3 Art course which has been designed to develop your skills in a range of artistic disciplines including: drawing, painting, print making, photography (both darkroom and digital), textiles, fashion, 3D and many others.

You will develop visual communication skills and the ability to think conceptually which will help you develop into truly independent artists and designers. The course gives you the opportunity to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative art work and use a wide range of artistic media.

Course content

Year 12

In the first year you will be introduced to the formal elements of art and design and you will explore a range of media including drawing, painting, 3D, photography, print and textiles. You will be taught skills in all these areas and work through projects designed to develop your artistic ability. As the year progresses we will help you choose a specialism and produce a final major project in that area.

Year 13

You will explore and deepen your experience and knowledge in your chosen specialism as your work become increasingly independent. We will help you develop a portfolio of work and prepare you for either university or job interviews. During the year you will be set a range of projects designed to stretch and challenge you before concluding in a final major project and end of year exhibition.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.


Financial information

Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.

Future opportunities

Creativity and visual communication is essential in many careers both inside the creative industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation course or other higher education course such as Fine Art, Design, Graphics, Textiles, Photography, Fashion and Lens-based Media as well as many other options.

Further information

What skills do I need?

  • A genuine interest in art and design
  • An ability to work practically and creatively
  • An ability to organise yourself and manage your time
  • Creative skills


How will I be taught?
Art and Design is a combination of traditional teaching through lectures and demonstrations moving on to independent and tutor-led research, which is then applied through practical sessions.In year one there will be an introduction to a range of artistic skills and media, structured projects based on the given themes to which you can then apply your skills and creative abilities.In year two, theoretical and practical investigations will be further developed with the emphasis on you directing your own interests and projects with tutor guidance working in a specialist area of your choice.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline BTEC subjects require three to four hours of independent study each.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Sketch pads will be required for the first year which can be purchased from the College shop. Other art materials such as pencils, brushes and paints will be required throughout the course as well as other art materials depending on your specialism.

Examining Board

Art and Design is for you if: You see a future working in the creative industries, think you will be successful in a coursework subject and are open minded about trying new artistic techniques.

Art and Design is not for you if: You don’t like practical independent work and have no interest in the arts.

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: 06 October 2017
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