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Art & Design (All Pathways)

“The Art & Design carousel allows students to gain knowledge about the whole spectrum of Art & Design"

Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate and Extended Diploma.
Both courses at the Creative & Media Studio School are unique in terms of allowing students to access a wide range of Art specialisms in the form of a carousel in the first stage of each course.

Extended Certificate (1 A-Level)

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.

Extended Diploma (3 A Levels)

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.

Specific Entry Requirements

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:

  • large format banner printer
  • UV printer for phone cases and other plastics
  • Laser cutter/engraver
  • Vinyl plotter
  • The latest version of Adobe’s Creative Cloud software
  • Industry standard Nikon and Canon cameras
  • A range of lenses
  • Studio lights, reflectors and screens
  • Industry standard sewing machines and overlockers
  • 4 colour process screen printing rig
  • A laser cutter/engraver
  • Heat presses & dye sublimation infrastructure
  • Silk Screen Printing equipment
  • Printing press

Trips & Enrichment

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:

  • Creation of a portfolio of work including sketchbook work.
  • Observations of how you design/create, and complete, your own artwork.
  • Through written annotations and knowledge of techniques used and artists referenced.

The course assessment structure is a combination of internally assessed coursework and Edexcel-set controlled assessment.

Assessment is broken down to two sections:

  • Externally-assessed units (Ext Cert = 2 Units / Ext Dip = 4 Units)
  • Internally-assessed units  (Ext Cert = 2 Units / Ext Dip = 9 Units)

Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.

Outstanding Results!

  • 100% pass rate achieved by all students.
  • 37% achieved the highest grades possible.

Would You Like To Find Out More?

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.

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About the school

The Creative & Media Studio School is open to all young people who have a creative flare and are aged between 14 – 19 years old.

The Creative and Media Studio School was the first Studio School to open in the world in 2010. Since then it has achieved a series of fantastic outcomes for students. Today's news (14.08.2014) follows in that tradition and we are delighted

David Nicoll

Chief Executive of The Studio Schools Trust

With this course we will be the fashion designers of the future; we now have the skills and knowledge to excel, nothing can hold us back.

Alex & Danielle


I feel really privileged to be doing something I love with people that share the same passion. At the Studio School we inspire young artist's minds and support their creativity.

Wendy Taylor

Fine Art Coach

My Art lessons in the Studio School have shown me that it's not what you see, but what you make otherssee; I've been completely inspired.



With the skills I have developed and opportunities I have been given in the field of Graphic Design, I am positive that it will help me to lead a successful life with a very fulfilling career.



We see Graphic Design students as the future of visual communication. Learning the correct skills now will give them the edge over others in the work place.

James Armitage

Graphics Coach

Photography captures life. I'm so passionate about the projects I am able to complete with the quality of resources we have available.

Lucy Parish

Photography Coach

Photography means I can make Art out of real life objects. I love seeing how my skills can create amazing pieces of work, it's very exciting.



Wonder if. Think 'why not?' Explore how. Learn from craft professionals. Apply Knowledge. Make it happen. Enjoy success.

Sally Broadbent

Textiles Coach

Textiles at the Studio School has allowed us to express ourselves, explore different specialist techniques, find our inner creativity and apply it to exciting scenarios.



Teaching Business Studies to Studio School students has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my career, as they're learning in an environment where it all makes sense!

Laura Lee

Business Studies Coach

Learning Business in the Studio School has helped me realise that Business is everywhere and has enabled me to see the world through grown up eyes.



Creative Media Production gives me the skills, confidence and experience to work with external businesses and create professional video products whilst gaining a qualification.



I use my Broadcast Industry experience to develop skills, work ethic and strong business links so every single student stands out.

Micci Bromwich

Media Coach

Drama has really helped me to develop skills I can use in all my subjects. I've really grown in confidence because of the way I have been taught.



As a practitioner from industry, I am able to really support students by sharing my knowledge and professional practice.

Michael Cowen

Drama Coach

Music is a gateway to other cultures and traditions. Through it we explore the way new technologies have revolutionised the way we record, produce and listen to music."

Helen Turnbull

Music Coach

It's helped me to realise the number of employment opportunities available in the Music Industry, giving me the skills to succeed in any profession. I've developed skills in communication, teamwork, cooperation and Music Technology skills.



Studying Fashion is not just about researching new trends, it's about creating individuality, something our students get the chance to do.

Claire Ramsden

Fashion Coach

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Rawthorpe Terrace,

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