BTEC Level 3 Art & Design

This 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.


The 90 Credit qualification is a one year full-time course and is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels. The natural progression on successful completion is into a second year for completion of a full Extended Diploma; the Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels. Some mature students however may choose to progress from the 90 Credit one year course directly into employment or alternative training.

Course Content

The course will give you a broad knowledge and understanding of the different areas within Art and Design. This first year will provide you with an introduction to a variety of 2D and 3D Art & Design disciplines. The course is unit based. There are visits to galleries and other places of interest..

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4, including English or Mathematics or equivalent Level 2 qualification. portfolio of work. Successful interview and satisfactory reference.


For second year entry (Extended Diploma) onto the Art and Design pathway, successful completion of a 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design and satisfactory reference.

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 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.


This course is delivered at the Creative Industries Centre.

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