Art and Design Foundation Diploma BTEC Level 3/Level 4

The Foundation Diploma Art and Design BTEC Level 3/level 4 qualification is an exciting, intensive and rewarding programme of study that is designed to allow you to develop and hone your artistic/designer skills and make informed decisions about your progression opportunities.

The course builds on your prior experience and sets challenges throughtout the structure of the qualification. This course is made up of three stages; Exploratory, Pathway and Confirmatory. Each stage introduces different specialist areas, opportunities to experiment with a wide range of media and techniques to develop skills and works towards developing your own creative process.

The exploratory stage allows you to explore a number of art based disciplines and experiences such as fine art, surface pattern & textiles, illustration, fashion, print-making, photography, applied arts product, sculpture, product and spatial design. You will develop a blog journal of your work in progress to support your electronic portfolio.

Course content

During the pathway stage you will build on your skills and understanding and develop advanced skills within your selected specialist areas. At this stage you will build up a specialist portfolio of work.

Through the confirmation studies stage, you will become more independent and prepare for an externally assessed final major project.

You will be supported with weekly group tutorials and one to one tutorials over the term to support your personal studies.

Course enrichment activities are observational and life drawing and trips to galleries and museums around the UK. Residential visits to London and European cities take place in January & February.

Students are required to provide their own basic equipment as well as pay a studio fee of approximately £50 towards the cost of materials provided by the college and you are expected to contribute towards the cost of trips and visits. You may be entitled to help with these costs and anything else you need to buy for your course from the college’s Learner Support Fund.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at C (or acceptable alternatives) including English Language with A-Level or BTEC National /Extended Diploma equivalent in art and design. Students must be aged 18 or over on 1 September of the year of entry. All applicants will be invited to attend an interview with a portfolio of work

Will this course suit me?

This course will suit students who have good hand skills, an eye for detail and enjoy practical craft type activities including art and design.

Where can it lead?

The Foundation Diploma is often required by universities, because it gives students an opportunity to develop their own work and create a strong portfolio. From the Foundation Diploma students can go on to study a range of Higher Education courses or explore alternative routes.

Previous students have gone onto study at the London School of Fashion, Goldsmiths, Brighton, Manchester Met and Nottingham Trent Universities

Quick Info

Qualification:BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Duration: 1 year
Date:September 2014
Assessment:Practical Assessment and Coursework
Area:Arts, Performance & Media
Campus:Hillsborough College
Course code:AHFXOU3

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