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Art and Design BTEC

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What is BTEC Art and Design?

On the Art and Design BTEC you will gain knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the creative process. You will study the work of other artists and designers, producing a portfolio of work to support progression to higher education.

This is a vocational course, which means that all major project briefs will aim to better prepare you for what to expect in a creative work environment. Students work on live briefs alongside real-life clients. Therefore, this enables you to not only develop your creativity but also learn about how artists and designers work in the industry.

What Will You Study?

Drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and digital editing. As well as contextual studies (artist/designer research and analysis), graphics and digital skills (including Photoshop), working with 3D materials (clay, plaster, wire, paper forms), textiles techniques (embroidery, transfer printing, surface pattern), community art (producing work for real-life briefs). Finally, working through the design cycle to research, explore, experiment, develop ideas working towards a resolved outcome.


Please find below some suggested online sources for you to refer to.

Explore the Collections and Galleries at the British Museum
Tate Modern
Design Museum
Art, Design, Architecture and Product
Interior Design
Virtual Tours – Natural
Virtual Tours – British Museum

What Next after Art and Design BTEC?

After successful completion of the course, 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.

Recent progression has included Illustration at the University of Edinburgh. As well as Fine Art at Lancaster University, Animation at Salford University, Interior Design and 3D Design at MMU.

Exam Board

Pearson BTEC Edexcel

Entry Requirements

At least five 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE Art and English Language or Maths. Creative GCSE Design Technology subjects including Textiles, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials may be considered. Progression to the course via this route will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of artwork.

Course Type

BTEC Extended Diploma, this is equivalent to 3 A-Levels

BTEC Diploma, this is equivalent to 2 A-Levels

What other subjects go well with this subject?

Studying an Art & Design BTEC Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A-Levels, if you choose to study the BTEC Diploma you could put one A-Level alongside.

Have you considered a Mixed Programme? Find out more about the combination of courses you can study at Newman but clicking here.

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