Level 3 in Art and Design
Over a two year course you will initially develop a broad range of practical skills and techniques within the areas of fine art, 3D, graphics, photography, textiles and contextual studies. Following this, you will then select an area in which to specialise in, where you will gain more advanced skills and knowledge, supporting successful progression into further study or employment within the field of art and design.
Over the two years of this course you will develop skills in a wide range of disciplines including:
- Drawing, life drawing and painting
- 3D design involving project work in a variety of materials e.g. wood, metal, ceramics, plastics and paper
- Art history from primitive to contemporary art including other cultures
- Fashion and textiles
- Graphic design including illustration, typography and advertising
- Photography involving the full use of the darkroom to develop and process black and white film
- Printmaking including silk screen printing, lino and mono-printing
- Using art galleries and exhibitions to initiate ideas and research
You will be provided with some art materials to use in lessons, but you will also be expected to provide some of your own art equipment, which can be purchased at college.
5 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalents), one of which must be GCSE Art or Design.
N.B. GCSEs must include maths and/or English at grade C in one and no less than a grade D in the other– preferably grade C in both. If you have a D in either maths or English, you will be timetabled to re-take GCSE in that subject.
The BTEC Level 3 in Art and Design does not resemble GCSE Art.
It is essential that you show a serious interest in working in the art and design industry and it is expected that you will have some understanding of careers in this field.
The majority of students have a strong desire to go on to university to specialise. You should be aware that you will need to manage a heavy workload and should be fully committed to this.
- group work
- individual work
- some short essay writing
- annotation work (written analysis of own and others’ work)
- sketchbook work
- final outcomes
You can progress on to university to study a range of courses including: Graphic Design, Animation, Games Design, Concept Design, Book Illustration, Illustration, Fine Art, Art History, Contemporary Arts, Textile and Fashion Design, Fashion Marketing and Fashion Brand Promotion, Shoe Design, Pattern Design, Costume Design, Make–up, Theatre Design, Photography, Commercial Photography, Product Design, Automotive Design, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, teacher training and non-art related university courses such as law and criminology, nursing, community worker and public services.