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The Norwood School

Art & Design

Name of subject: BTEC Art & Design

Examination board: Edexcel

Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Entry requirements: Minimum of C grades at GCSE in English and at least one Art based subject such as Graphics, Photography, Fine Art or Textiles.

Description of the course (Overview): 

BTEC Art and Design is a two-year, full time course designed to introduce students to a range of 2D and 3D disciplines through a variety of engaging project briefs. The course provides practical experience as well as enabling students to focus on specific subject areas in greater depth. The different disciplines include a combination of; Fine Art, Illustration, Digital Media, Textile, 3D Design and Photography. The course will also give students the opportunity to appreciate the work of other artists and designers and to learn about associated professional practice.

What topics will students cover?

The course is unit based: each unit has a credit value and assessments are made throughout the course. In previous years Year 12 units have included observational drawing, painting and contextual studies and in Year 13 units have previously included portraiture, illustration, surface pattern design and sculpture.

What skills will they particularly develop? 

Students develop a variety of core skills within 2D and 3D based media, becoming confident in record in a range of materials and methods from printmaking, mixed media and sculpture to painting and drawing. They will discover their passions and develop an individualised style and way of working.

Careers – Progression.

Where does this programme of study lead e.g. examples of the types of careers that students can progress into?

The BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design is an ideal route for students looking for places at universities and colleges and careers in the creative industries. Alternatively, students will be equipped for employment in the creative industries at junior level. During the course students will have access to a range of career and further/higher education opportunities through which to support them in developing both their skills and routes for progression. Students’ progress onto specialist courses at Foundation or Degree level: students are advised and supported in preparing their UCAS/College applications identifying appropriate routes and portfolio preparation.

Enrichment activities  

Identify the variety of places/exhibitions/museums/trips/workshops etc that students will participate in.

Throughout Year 12 and 13 students will experience a variety of trips around London designed to link the themes they are studying in each unit. In recent years visits have included; Dulwich Picture Gallery, Tate Modern, The V&A Museum, The National Portrait Gallery and The White Cube.

Students will also work closely with a number of visiting designers and artists in workshop based lessons throughout the two-year course as well as have the opportunity to access a range of weekend, evening and summer courses and programmes through connections with a variety of FE and HE colleges in and around London.