BTEC Art and Design
Faculty: Expressive Arts
Level: BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma
Examination Board /website: EDEXCEL
Assessment Details: 100% Coursework equivalent to one A-level
Written Examinations: None
Practical Examinations: None
Coursework Unit titles:
Unit 1 Visual Recording in Art and Design
Unit 2 Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Unit 3 Communication through Art and Design
Unit 4 Communication through Art and Design
Unit 5 Exploring Specialist Ceramic Techniques
Unit 6 Experimental Imagery in Photography
Course Outline: The first part of the course focuses on building up recording skills, using a wide variety of materials and techniques. For each unit students are given a design brief. Each brief examines a specific aspect of the Art and Design industry. Students then respond to selected artists, designers, artisans and craftspeople to meet each design brief. Students are encouraged to work as if they were a designer or practitioner within the creative industry. The course is split into 3 Units per year, and it enables students to explore a wide range of art making practices and media. Students must pass all six units in order to be awarded the qualification.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course: Creative thinker, receptive to new ideas and different ways of creating art, analytical skills, hardworking, independent learner, receptive to new ideas and concepts. Students who undertake the BTEC Art and Design course will be expected to work during lunchtime and afterschool studio sessions.
Goes well with: For those wishing to pursue a career within the Creative Arts: Photography, Textiles, Product Design, Media, but can be studied in any combination of subjects.
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject: The creative sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. It currently accounts for 6% of the UK’s GDP, with further growth predicted for the next decade. The creative industry and has proven to expand despite recent economic crisis. Studying Art and Design at AS and A2 level provides students with a fantastic platform for a Foundation Art Course, followed by BA in Art, Design or Art History. The career prospects are varied: Digital Editor, Graphic Designer, Curator, Education, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Brand Designer, Art Historian, Animator, Architect, Visual Merchandiser, Landscape Gardener, Games Designer, Advertising, Set Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator, Furniture Designer, Art Therapist, Jewellery Designer, Ceramicist Textile Designer.