BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

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

This one year course is intended to raise awareness and standards to prepare students for study at Degree or Higher Diploma level in the varied fields of Art and Design. The course is divided into three main areas:
♦   Visual Studies – the main principles and visual theory behind art and design.
♦   Complementary Studies – dealing with the history of art and design, cultural studies and communication skills.
♦   Design studies – comprising of visual communication, textile design, fashion design, photographic, three dimensional design, life drawing and fine art.

The course can be explained by dividing it into three main areas:
Stage 1 Exploratory Stage: consisting of units:
            Researching, Recording and Responding in Art and Design
            Media Experimentation in Art and Design
Stage 2 Pathway Stage: consisting of units:
            Preparation and Progression in Art and Design
           Information and Interpretation in Art and Design
            Personal Experimental Studies in Art and Design
            Extended media Development in Art and Design
Stage 3 Confirmatory Stage: consisting of units:
            Final Major Project in Art and Design
During the programme students will undertake assignments in fine art, life drawing, photography, electronic digital imaging, critical and historical studies, ceramics, 3-D design, fashion, textiles, illustration, and film and video.


Drawing and recording from direct observation in sketch books and to become more aware of the work of other artists and designers through research and by visiting galleries and museums.

Employment in creative arts industries and Print Production companies. Setting up your own freelance business. National Arts and Design competitions.


This is a one year full time course, 16 hours per week run over three week days, for a total of 36 weeks. Students are expected to do an equivalent amount of independent study out of class time.

You can complete the application form online by visiting the College’s website If you have any questions about the application process, you can call the College Admissions Team on 01691 688080 or email
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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