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BTEC Extended Diploma

Art and Design

What is Art and Design?

Have you ever thought about a career within the creative industries?

This exciting course is for students who are considering a career in Art and Design or fashion/textile design, fine art, graphics, photography, game art, 3D design, theatre, museum or gallery work. Within the Extended Diploma course, you will learn how to solve creative problems and communicate both visually and verbally to audiences.

By studying this course at Cardinal Newman, you will have access to industry standard equipment and specialist facilities within the St James’s purpose built Art & Design studios.

The BTEC is a vocational course, which means that all major project briefs will aim to better prepare you for what will happen in a creative work environment. The two-year course comprises of mandatory and optional units, which allow you to build up a portfolio of Art and Design work to a professional standard. You will not only develop your creativity but you will also learn about how artists and designers work in industry.

What Will You Study?

You will develop skills in a broad range of disciplines within art, craft and design. Upon completion, this course is the UCAS point equivalent to three A Levels.

Throughout the BTEC course, you will study a variety of units where you will develop a wide range of transferable skills, such as drawing, painting, printmaking, embroidery, photography, 3D design, graphic work using Apple Mac software, illustration, ceramics and additional specialist techniques to challenge your learning. The final unit of the course is a Final Major Project in which you will work in your specialist discipline.

The programme is all coursework based. You will be formally assessed throughout the course and receive feedback during and at the end of each assignment. You will always know what you have achieved and how to improve. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades.

What Next?

After successful completion of a BTEC in Art & Design, many of our students choose to stay at Cardinal Newman to complete a one year BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, before progressing on to prestigious Art & Design degree courses or employment at entry level.

We have very strong links with prestigious universities and recent progression has included: Fashion & Textiles at London College of Fashion, Jewellery and Silversmithing at the University of Edinburgh, Fine Art Painting at Bath Spa University, Painting and printmaking at Glasgow School of Art, 3D, Games Design and Animation at Hertfordshire University, Textile Design at Leeds University and Graphic Design at London Metropolitan University. Students have also progressed to a range of Art and Design roles in employment.

Exam Board

Pearson BTEC Edexcel

Entry Requirements

At least 5 Cs at GCSE, including a Grade C in GCSE Art.

Creative GCSE Design Technology subjects including Textiles, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials will be considered but will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of art work. Please contact the Art Department by April 2017 to arrange this interview

Course Type

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma


Coursework: 100%

Interesting Fact

Design is the UK’s fastest growing creative sector worth £3.2 billion a year.

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