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Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design

You will be studying various art disciplines when you choose this course, including fine art painting, 3D studies, fashion and textiles, photography and graphic design.

You'll be developing your knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the creative process to develop your creative voice. You'll also explore the work of artists and designers to develop and realise their creative intentions.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

You will cover the following units:

  • Visual recording and communication
  • Critical and contextual studies in art and design
  • The creative process
  • Materials, techniques and processes in art and design
  • Developing an art and design portfolio
  • Managing a client brief
  • Developing and realising creative intentions

There are also specialist units which may include:

  • Textile design
  • Graphic design
  • 3D design
  • Painting
  • Fashion
  • Print making

The course is practically based and develops your design skills and personal style, whilst enabling you to develop a portfolio of your work. The course also provides opportunities in career planning.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of assignments and projects.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths, in addition to an art and design based subject.

English and maths forms an important part of your future, ensuring you achieve the best success in your chosen career. But don't worry, if you haven't got the desired grades, we will still have a course available for you.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2017), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please click here.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you'll have the opportunity to progress onto university, studying for a degree in Art and Design, Interior Design, Fashion Design or Textiles. University Centre St Helens also offers a BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, BA (Hons) Graphic Design and BA (Hons) Photography, all accredited by prestigious partner, University of Chester.

In the future, you could find yourself working as an illustrator, textile designer or even as a curator in a gallery. The creative industries are growing in our region and there are great opportunities for you in and around St Helens, Liverpool and Manchester.

Ref: Shirley Metcalfe



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Why study Art and Design with us?

Creative Environment

You’ll develop your skills in specialist studios and workshops.

Exploration of Techniques

You’ll explore a wide range of materials, techniques and skills.

Work Experience

You’ll have the chance to work on live projects with local employers.


You'll take regular trips to galleries and lectures for inspiration.

Employer Links

We have strong employer links and industry experienced tutors.

Progression Routes

Progress onto an apprenticeship, university or employment.