Art & Design Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Marple College



Course Overview

The BTEC in Art and Design Practice is a two-year art course equivalent to 3 A-levels. This broad and exciting practical course will provide you with opportunities to sample a wide range of specialist areas, develop your knowledge and creativity and produce a portfolio that will help you to progress onto study at Higher Education, gain an apprenticeship or employment.

Further Details


College 16-18

Start Date


Course Duration

Full-Time - 2 years


Art & Design

General entry requirements for our Advanced Vocational Qualifications include 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and/or Maths. For Art & Design we are looking for applicants with a 4 in Art or another creative subject.

As an inclusive college we will also look at Art & Design portfolios at interview stage if an applicant does not have the grades, this is to assess if the suitability of this course.

You will develop and extend your practical, technical, creative and independence skills. You will enhance your understanding and appreciation of art and design as well as develop a critical understanding of artists & designers and how they advance their practice.

Unique Features of our Art & Design course include: Trips to art galleries, Field visits to gather subject matter, Open access studio, Active participation in our college art show, Visits to and from external artists and creative practitioners.

During the two years the course will cover a broad range of skills including: painting, drawing, graphics, illustration, printing, contextual studies, mixed media, textiles, photography, and three-dimensional work.

Units incliude:
Change and Evolve
Fragments and Multiples
Narrative Image

The course is 100% coursework. There are 3 different projects in each year covering the separate units that make up your final grade. The grades are weighted so that you gain more marks in your second year to reflect your development and ensure that you’ve had the maximum opportunity to reach your full potential.

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