16-18 Courses, 16-18: Vocational

Art and Design (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

The BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design is a two-year qualification equivalent to three A Levels. It has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to access and progress to degree level study, further education and training or into employment in the creative and visual arts sector. It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

The course offers an exciting project-based approach where you will develop your art and design skills alongside like-minded artists culminating in professional, industry-relevant outcomes that will form a portfolio of work to prepare you for further study or work within the industry. We’re proud of our community of creative artists and you’ll be encouraged to collaborate with other courses to deliver an industry-like experience. We will support your development as an artist in a range of areas.

You can expect to study:

  • Visual language in art and design
  • Drawing and painting skills
  • Print and photography
  • Fashion textiles
  • Materials, processes and technical skills
  • Problem solving in 2D and 3D
  • Progressing in art and design
  • Exhibiting your final major project

As part of your assessment, you will undertake projects that will allow you to utilise the various skills acquired throughout the course. The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels. It is a complete programme and is therefore not taken with any other course. Having an understanding and interest in arts and the culture of arts will benefit you personally and professionally.

  • How you are assessed

    100% Coursework, including practical/written assessments
  • Next steps

    Two-year Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma course (equivalent to 3 A Levels) subject to the successful completion of the Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels) in the first year

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What Can This Course Lead To

Progress to university, further study, a higher level apprenticeship or employment.

This course provides students with a portfolio for progression to our Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (which will prepare you for transition to higher education), or directly to degree level courses in a wide range of creative arts and design subjects. We have links with Central St Martins, London School of Fashion, Camberwell College of Arts, Chelsea College of Arts, and Ravensbourne University. Art and Design can lead to a wide variety of careers via apprenticeships or directly into employment, including in graphic design, fashion and textiles, architecture and theatre or interior design.


Did You Know?

There are more than two million jobs in the creative industries and creative jobs have increased by 30.6% since 2011. Creative jobs are future-proof jobs - 87% of creative jobs are at low or no risk of automation. (Source: Creative Industries Federation 2017).

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