BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

This two year, full-time course is designed to introduce you to the main areas of 2D and 3D Art and Design. It provides practical experience as well as enabling students to focus on specific subject areas in greater depth. The different disciplines include Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Art, Interactive Media, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design. The course will also give students the opportunity to appreciate the work of other artists and designers and to learn about associated professional practice.

Course Content

This course will give you a wide knowledge and understanding of art and design. Year 1 will give you an introduction to 2D and 3D Art and Design with the opportunity in Year 2 to specialise in Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Art, Interactive Media, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design. The course is unit based: each unit has a credit value and assessments are made throughout the course. Additional learning and pastoral support are provided through the tutorial system.

Entry Requirements

The minimum requirements are four GCSEs at grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design. A portfolio of art and design work is needed for your interview, which should demonstrate an awareness and enthusiasm for art and design. Prior learning or experience can be accredited. A successful interview and satisfactory reference are required.

International Entry Requirements:

High School Leaving Certificate at C grade or above or other related comparable qualifications. Portfolio of work, satisfactory reference, IELTS 5.0 or an equivalent English Language Certificate

Duration and Delivery

Two years full time


The 180-credit BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design is an ideal route for students looking for places at universities and colleges and careers in the creative industries. Alternatively, you could expect to be employed in the creative industries at junior level. You will have access to a range of career and further/higher education opportunities. Students progress onto specialist courses at Degree, Higher National Diploma, or Foundation Degree level: you will be advised and supported in your UCAS applications with help on appropriate routes and portfolio preparation.

Additional Information

While some materials and equipment are provided, you will be expected to pay for most of your own equipment and materials, much of which is available from the College shop. There will also be a number of trips and visits which will incur some costs.

This course will be delivered at the Creative Industries Centre from September 2015.

Program taught in:
  • English

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