The qualification gives a coherent introduction to the study of Art & Design at this level. Learners develop Art & Design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process. You will study visual recording and communication, critical analysis and production skills to produce Art & Design outcomes.
Stage 1: You will rotate through; Fine Art, Graphic Design, Printed Textiles, Photography and Fashion Design. Once the carousel is complete you will complete two externally set tasks. The skills developed in the carousel stage will then help you choose an area of study for stage two.
Stage 2: This will focus on the specific specialism you wish to progress on to. Different specialist units will help build individual portfolios ready for the next stage of progression. At the end of stage 2 there are two externally set tasks that will allow you to create a final exhibition board ready for the ‘end of year exhibition’ which is a celebration of all the work completed.
The qualification is designed for learners who want to study Art & Design related degree courses in Higher Education. You will gain knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the creative process to develop your creative voice. You will develop an understanding of the importance and influence of the work of artists and designers to realise and build upon their creative intentions. You will will produce a portfolio of Art & Design work to support progression on to Higher Education or the world of work.
Stage 1 of the Extended Diploma is the same as stage 1 of the Extended Certificate.
Stage 2: This section of the course will focus on a specialist unit that allows you to create a final outcome in your chosen specialism. The externally set unit in stage 2 is ‘Critical and Contextual Studies’ in Art & Design. In this unit you will develop skills in contextual research and visual analysis in order to critically analyse the work of others and improve your own practice.
Students applying for the Level 3 BTEC in Art & Design should achieve at the very least a Level 4 in English Language, Maths and 3 other GCSE subjects. Students invited for interview will be asked to prepare a portfolio of your best artwork along with a written task set by the CMSS. This work will be assessed by the subject specialist as part of the interview process and will contribute to the decision of an offer being made.
One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enables students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject
The Art department’s core resources are:
You will benefit from a wide range of trips and enrichment. Some units of work will need you to source primary images so trips to museums and galleries are prominent throughout the two years. Previous trips have included: London (Tate Modern, V&A, Portrait gallery), Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds Art Gallery, University and College visits.
There are many opportunities around the College and through businesses that engage with us and our facilities. Art & Design students often get the chance to work with industry trained professionals, whether this be working with our in house design and print facilities the “Student Design Co.” or going out on site to take part in professional photoshoots. Completing and taking part in projects from engaged businesses will help you build up a strong portfolio for your next step after College!
Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and fashion spaces, you’re Learning Coach will assess you in the following ways:
The course assessment structure is a combination of internally assessed coursework and Edexcel-set controlled assessment.
Assessment is broken down to two sections:
Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.
Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.