Are you intending on pursuing a career in the arts industry, and want to experience a wide range of Art and Design principals and techniques? Are you keen to put theory into practice through live briefs and real-life scenarios? Then our BTEC Level 3 Art and Design course is for you!

Although a number of BTEC qualifications are available as 1, 2 or 3 A Level equivalents at HNC, BTEC Art and Design is only offered as an Extended Diploma at HNC. This means it is a 3 A Level equivalent and is therefore a full time study programme and you will not take any additional qualifications alongside this.

This full time course will see you studying content across the full complement of Art and Design techniques. Under the direction of our specialist teachers you will explore a broad range of techniques which over time will help you identify your specialism.

Grade 4 in a relevant GCSE Art or Design subject. If students have not taken a GCSE Art or Design subject, then a portfolio of work will be considered.  General entry criteria also applies.

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Topics include:


- Visual recording and communication
- The creative process
- Materials, techniques and processes in Art and Design
- Developing and realising creative intentions

Our highly qualified subject specialists will help you to realise your creativity, and help you to realise your artistic talents. Our facilities are world-class and include spacious Art Studios, Photography Studios, a 3D Design Workshop and specialist Graphic Communication Suites. We enjoy the latest in industry standard equipment and editing software, and our workroom features Apple Macs.


As part of undertaking real-life briefs you’ll spend time outside of the classroom, putting your skills and knowledge to the test and finding your area of specialism. You’ll also enjoy visits to galleries, and enter competitions. You will also take part in our end of year exhibition, showcasing your talents to our guests.

Assessment is via internal assignments and externally assessed examinations. 

As a full time study programme, this course is usually taken by students who have decided on a career in the Creative Industries. Many students find they identify their own specialism, and choose to pursue this at degree level. Our students have progressed on to a wide range of courses, including Photography, Art and Fashion and Illustration.

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Many of your projects will be based on industry based scenarios, so whilst you will grow your talents and find your specialism, you’ll also be putting your skills and knowledge into action through a work based context. 

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