Subject Information

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design is designed to give you an understanding of the employment opportunities available within the Art and Design industry as well as developing your practical skills across a range of disciplines. You will have the opportunity to work with professional artists/ designers on real externally set projects as well as developing your skills in areas of art and design that you enjoy. The course will appeal to those of you wishing to pursue a career in Art and Design or simply want to continue studying the subject to a higher level. Ideally you should have successfully completed a BTEC Level 2 or GCSE in Art and Design although under exceptional circumstances you may be considered with no prior experience. To assess your suitability you will undertake a bridging assignment over the summer prior to beginning the course and this will form the basis of your first assessment.

The BTEC course will enable you to build a broad folder of work across a range of Art and Design disciplines rather than specialising in one particular area. This is particularly advantageous if you want to apply for a degree course. Although there are compulsory units to complete, you will also be able to choose from a range of optional units so that you can tailor the course to your own interests.

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is a 12 unit course and equivalent to 2 ‘A’ Levels.

Compulsory Units Optional Units
Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art & Design
Unit 2: Materials, Techniques & Processes
Unit 3: Ideas & Concepts in Art & Design
Unit 4: Communication Through Art & Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences in Art & Design
Unit 6: Application, Exploration & Realisation
Unit 7: Design Methods in Art & Design
Unit 33: Lens Based Image Making
Unit 45: Graphic Image Making
Unit 76: Generating Fine Art Ideas
Unit 80: Painting in Fine Art

*Optional Units can be changed to meet individual interests


There are no written exams on this course. Your final grade will be based on the coursework that you produce and a summative project that is undertaken in the second year of the course.


The BTEC National in Art & Design qualifies for UCAS points and many students who successfully complete this course go on to study the subject at Foundation level or gain direct entry onto Degree courses.

Further Information

Please see:
Mr Southgate