Art and Design, Media & Performing Arts

Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design

Start Date: Sep-15
Course Code: C00755 NAF1A

  • 16+
  • Full-time
  • Newtownabbey


Duration: 2 Years Full-time
Interview required: Y

Total Fee:

£25 Student Amenities Fee paid at Registration Day 

Course Content

This course is both intensive and exciting allowing you as a student to develop your skills and knowledge of art and design related specialisms. Students will study a range of units which will include;

Core Units:

  • Visual Recording
  • Contextual Influences
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Ideas and Concepts
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design

Specialists Units:

  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Graphic Design
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Photography
  • Ceramics
  • 3D Design
  • Fine Art
  • Design Craft

Eighteen units must be completed to gain the full award.

If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and/or English you will be required to complete the relevant Essential Skills qualification.  This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

Course Aims

To introduce students to a broad range of diagnostic skills in the area of Art and Design. This is a nationally recognised vocational qualification which can be used to assist students in gaining employment or as an entry qualification for study on to an advanced programme.

Special Features

Opportunities to take part in live projects/competitions, visit museums, art galleries, practicing artists and designers studios, exhibitions and guest speakers.

Assessment Methods

All units are internally assessed and graded and the overall grade for the qualification is awarded at the end of the academic year. Eighteen units must be completed to gain a full award.

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Essential Criteria:

  • Four GCSE passes grade C or above preferable an Art or Technology based subject; or
  • BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Merit grade)
  • Equivalent qualifications and relevant experience relating to Art and Design. In circumstances where there are more applications for the course than there are places available, the College reserves the right to ask for higher grades.

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A Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma prepares you for employment or a progression to study further onto the BTEC Foundation Studies in Art and Design or direct entry into Higher Education courses of your choice.

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Essential Skills

All full-time students at the Northern Regional College have the opportunity to improve their English, Maths and IT skills and gain qualifications. The qualification you take will depend on the qualification you already have. If you do not have a grade C or above in GCSE English, Maths or ICT, you MUST do Essential Skills. This will form a compulsory part of your timetable.

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