BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma in Art & Design

(Photography, Graphics, Fashion, 3D Sculpture Pathways)



WHAT DOES THE SUBJECT INCLUDE?
Student will be introduced, via practical sessions, to the formal elements relating to art and design practice, e.g. colour theory, tone, line, texture, mark-making, compositional arrangement, shape, form and perspective. A wide variety of units are covered that span the range of specialist areas in Art and Design practice, such as; drawing and painting, printmaking, three dimensional design and craft, photography and textiles. As the course progresses they will study their own negotiated projects.
 
 
WHAT IS THE STRUCTURE OF THE COURSE?
The course is full time over two years.
At the end of year 1 students gain a 90 Credit Diploma in Art and Design
At the end of year 2 students progress this to a 180 Credit Extended Diploma in Art and Design.
 
 
IS THIS COURSE FOR ME?
This is a full time course (an equivalent to studying three A Levels) for students that want to specialise in Art and Design. If you would like to progress to studying an art and design related subject at university or gain a career in the creative industries, this is the course for you!
 
 
WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?
5 GCSE’s grade C or above, or a BTEC Level 2 graded at Merit or above.
 
 
WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN IF I SUCCESSFULLY
COMPLETE THE COURSE?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
 
 
OTHER RELEVANT DETAILS?
The course includes work experience in years 1 and 2 relating to a student’s area of study or interests.
 
 
 
 
HOW MANY HOURS, WEEKS, YEARS DOES IT LAST?
The course is 15 hours per week including tutorial and independent study. It is run over three to four days a week, over two years, 35 weeks a year excluding the holiday periods.
 
 
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING WITH ME?
You will need a set of art materials and a sketchbook, which you will need to bring to every session; these can be bought in induction week from the college at wholesale prices.
 
 
HOW CAN I PREPARE MYSELF BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS?
 
Practice drawing skills by drawing subject matter from life, using different art materials and visiting galleries to see the work of other artists to inform your own ideas.
 
 
WHAT CAN I DO NEXT?
After studying this course you can progress on to the BTEC Diploma Foundation Studies in Art and Design, a one year course which prepares you for university study in art and design courses. You can also progress onto a HND or go straight on to a degree at university. Many of our students have found jobs in creative related fields straight from the foundation course. The course can open doors to careers in graphic design, interior design, surface pattern and fashion design, photography, publicity and marketing, gallery curation, creative research etc.
 
 
ARE THERE ANY EXTRA COSTS?
Some of the trips and visits are a necessary part of the course, each at a price of £10 for a day trip. We also provide further residential trips and visits, these are optional for students to attend, prices vary, but are always kept to a minimum.
A basic range of working tools and materials are provided by the college, but where students require specific materials for their individual practical outcomes they may have to pay for and supply these themselves.
 
 
HOW DO I APPLY/JOIN THIS COURSE?
You can complete the application form online by visiting the College’s website www.nsc.ac.uk. If you have any questions about the application process, you can call the College Admissions Team on 01691 688080 or email admissions@nsc.ac.uk.
 
Once we have received your application, you will be invited to come to one of the College campuses and meet with a member of our teaching team. You can ask any questions you have, usually at this meeting we will offer you a place on the course you have applied for.
 


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