BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design Practice Level 3

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Key Information

Subject Area

Subject Area
Art and Design, Media, Photography



Mode of Study
Mode of Study
Full Time

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Start Date

Start Date
03 September 2024


1 year

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above to include art related GCSE, Maths/Numeracy, English/Welsh 1st Language, or appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit grade with GCSEs to include either Maths/Numeracy and English/Welsh 1st Language at grade C

In a nutshell

BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Practice is a comprehensive vocational qualification designed to provide students with the practical skills, knowledge, and understanding needed to pursue a career in the dynamic creative field.

This course is for you if...

... You have an ability in a creative area
... You have fantastic creative flair
... You want a career within the creative industries

What will I be doing?

The BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Practice course is structured to offer a balance between theoretical understanding and hands-on practical experience. Students are exposed to a diverse range of artistic disciplines, including observational drawing, ceramics, textiles, glass, sculpture, mixed media, animation, printmaking, digital illustration. However, we encourage our learners to use materials, techniques and processes freely in order to make their own discoveries.

Throughout the program, students develop a range of transferable skills, including creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, time management, and effective communication. These skills are highly valued in a variety of professions and contribute to the well-rounded education that the BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Practice course offers.

Overall, the BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Practice course provides a practical and engaging pathway for individuals aspiring to build a career in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of art and design.

What is expected of me?

To enrol on this course, you’ll need a minimum of 5 GCSEs, Grade C or above, to include either an art-related GCSE subject, Maths/Maths Numeracy, English/Welsh First Language or an appropriate Level 2 Diploma qualification at Merit Grade with GCSEs, to include either Maths/Maths Numeracy and English/Welsh First Language at Grade C

Full commitment to attendance is required, as well as espect for others, enthusiasm for the subject, self-motivation, creative ability and a desire to succeed.

You’ll also be expected to manage your time well and meet deadlines efficiently. You’ll be required to contribute to class discussions and peer assessments, take part in group and 'live ' projects and give formal and informal presentations as part of your assessment process.

What comes next?

Successful completion of the Year 1 Diploma will allow you to progress on to the second year and complete the full Extended Diploma.

Upon successful completion of the course, students have various options for further study or employment. Many students choose to pursue higher education in art and design disciplines, such as Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Architecture, Video Game designer, Fashion Design, Interior Design, to name just a few. Others may enter the workforce directly, utilising their skills in areas like freelance design, gallery assistance, or creative industries.

Additional information

As part of the entry requirements, you’ll be expected to attend a portfolio-review interview where you’ll demonstrate your suitability for the course. In the interview you’ll present your portfolio and sketchbooks to the course team. Your work should demonstrate your ability to express and develop your ideas.

Trip fees for gallery visits and events may be payable throughout the year and studio fees are also required.

Where can I study BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design Practice Level 3?

Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
(Full Time)
Start Date: 03 September 2024

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All courses may be subject to change and cancelled if deemed not viable to run.

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