BTEC Certificate in Art & Design Level 3 – Glass


Program Description


The following Art & Design Courses are for students wishing to undertake a substantial programme of study in one of the above disciplines. When applying, students need to select which specialist area they wish to study.

Whatever you choose; Pottery, Sculptural Ceramics, Jewellery, Silversmithing, Interior Design, Multimedia, Stained or Kiln formed Glass, you will find our courses challenging and empowering. We will help you start at the level of course that is right for you and enable you to progress onto the next stage and into work or higher education. On all courses, projects are designed to mirror the industry and take you through the design process while you develop a high level of skill and professional practice. You will benefit from our prestigious team of lecturing staff.

Exhibitions, held at various stages of the year, give the opportunity for students to show their work in a public context.

Specialist workshops are fully equipped with machinery, tools and materials appropriate to the subject area. You will also be able to buy essential tools and materials from the College.

Course Overview

This one day a week Glass course provides students, who have achieved Level 2 or equivalent, with an opportunity to develop their design ideas and extend glass making skills. Projects will encourage confidence in the handling and understanding of materials, techniques and processes. Visual research and the development of original ideas are an important aspect of the course with the emphasis on producing work with a strong personal language. Presentation, and portfolio building skills, will help with progression to university or self-employment. The course will require some independent research to be conducted outside of the taught course hours. Students pay for glass and other materials used and a studio fee is also charged for the year.

What the course involves:

An intensive programme of study, structured to enable you to further develop both your design and making skills in glass and to prepare you for application to higher level study.

The emphasis will be on exploring your creativity and gaining a deeper understanding of materials, techniques and processes, making architectural and kiln formed glass work.

Visual research and the development of ideas are an important element of the course. You will be required to keep sketch and technical note books. Also you will be expected to carry out some independent research and design development at home and visit museums and galleries in your own time.

There will be an opportunity for students to exhibit their work at our end of the year shows.

Our workshop is well equipped with the necessary specialist tools and equipment. We stock basic materials which you can buy at cost price as required. You will need to provide your own protective clothing, files and sketchbooks.

The Course Team constitutes teachers who are also practicing professionals in the fields of glass and related art and design subjects. While individual tutors come from particular backgrounds and have specialist skills or knowledge; the team is established in order to give the broadest and most creative dynamic to teaching and learning. The course team is here to teach, offer personal tutorials and support you in your studies within a friendly adult environment.

What background and qualifications do you need to join?

If you are 16–18 on year of entry: You must have a BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design with at least M grade (predicted or achieved) or an AS level qualification in Art and Design with a C or above grade. English and Maths at Grade C or above is preferred but if you do not have these you will be studying them alongside your Interior Design course. You should bring to interview a portfolio of work and sketchbooks showing development of your ideas. If you are age 19 and above: You will need to bring your sketchbook and examples of glass work you have produced on previous courses or independently. You must also complete a personal statement to support your reasons for applying. Enthusiasm and commitment to the subject are essential.

You will need to apply online course and you may email this to for an interview.

Please note this course is taught both using traditional and contemporary glass techniques.

What does the course lead to?

On successful completion students will achieve a Btec Certificate in Art and Design Level 3. Students wishing to continue with their studies can join the Glass Advanced workshop.

You will gain a BTEC Cetificate in art and Design (30 Credits)

Where will I study?

Kensington Centre, Third floor room 302G

What are the facilities and equipment like?

Purpose built classroom

How much will I need to study outside class?

You will need to commit to study outside the guided learning hours to successfully complete the course.

How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed based on completion of project work that covers the units specified by BTEC. You will be given a grade for your work as you progress and a final grade at the end of the course.

Are any of the course materials on line?

Not at present.

What books and equipment do I need?

You will need a basic kit of art equipment: pencils, pens, sketchbooks, inks, paint, portfolio etc.

What else do I need to buy? What extra costs are there?

There will be a studio fee of £25 per year and in addition you will need to pay for materials used. These are available from the studio and costs will vary depending on type and number of pieces made.

What do I need on my first day?

Sketchbook, notebook, pencils, drawing pens Learner Agreement:

  • All students are admitted to the college on the basis they:
  • Agree to comply with the KCC student code of conduct
  • Provide original documentation that confirms their attainment of the specified entry qualifications e.g. examination board results slip or certificates
  • Meet the current course entry requirements as detailed on KCC course fact sheets and websites of examining bodies

Provide information so that a school or college reference can be obtained if you are between 16-19 years old.

  • Campus: Kensington Centre
  • Times: Various
Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

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