16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Art and Design – Applied Art and Design Pathway (Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Course Overview

Entry requirements

GCSE Average Points Score: 3.5, Grade 4 English Language GCSE, Grade 4 Maths GCSE, 5 GCSEs at Grade 4

Course information

Everything you own and see around you has been designed, and by an Applied Arts professional! No wonder that the Creative Arts /Design Industry is actually one of the largest sectors of the UK economy and have been the fastest growing in the last 10 years (Dept. of Culture Media Sport (DCMS) data). The Applied Arts are any piece of art, design, or craft that has a function, and can range from is textile design, ceramics, illustration, interior design, product design or any other design discipline. You get to explore a range of creative techniques that support you on your own path to find your industry specialism as a maker.?

The Applied Art programmes are delivered in a range of specialist studios and workshops including our industrial sewing machine room, pattern cutting room, ceramics & kiln rooms, art studios and IT suite. Our tutors all have relevant experience of industry bringing a wide range of experience and expertise to the programmes.

Working for our retail learning company Indigo you will contribute towards the production of artwork, 3D artefacts or graphics work for sale. Working with local companies through our learning company gives you the opportunity to develop your professional portfolio and produce real outcomes for the public consumer.?You are encouraged to think with an entrepreneurial mind and consider how you could sell your products or begin a creative business venture.?

Course Content

New BTEC Creative Practice qualifications - continuously assessed (NO exams!) Equivalent to 3 full A levels, although students can choose to take Year 1 only. 

Focus on developing creative skills, developing own creative practice, working towards a self-devised Final Major Project (FMP) at the end of each year.

Highly practical and progression focused –  all assessment is holistic, based on portfolios of work. Evidence is generated through practical projects, briefs, workshops and engagement with the art and design industry; this prepares learners for progression to the art and design industry through the development of portfolios and materials for progression. 

Light-touch assessment regime - only 4 Units over the 2 year course:

  • A Exploring and Developing Art and Design Skills (year 1)
    • A1 Skills Development
    • A2 Creative Project
  • B Advancing Creative Practice (year 2)
    • B1 Personal Progression
    • B2 Creative Industry Response

Most of the grade is awarded to the FMP Units at the end of year 2 (or year 1 for single-year students).

Common assessment criteria - the same five common assessment criteria are used to assess all work produced throughout the qualification, this simplifies assessment and  means that it is clear what learners are expected to do to achieve the criteria:

  • Informing ideas
  • Problem solving
  • Technical skills
  • Professional practice
  • Communication

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study or employment.

You can also progress onto a Higher Apprenticeships (Level 4/Foundation Degree), University to study a specialised vocational degree or Honours Degree.

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