NSCG | BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design
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Course overview

During your time on the course you will have the opportunity to explore and develop your art and design skills through a wide range of specialist areas. We will enhance your knowledge and prepare you for university degree courses, apprenticeships or the workplace. You will extend your knowledge of art and design history in order to support your creative development. You will produce a diverse portfolio of work that will prepare you for your next steps in Higher Education or within industry.
You will normally attend college for 4 days and partake in work experience and independent study periods.
The course offers a range of specialist options taught by specialist staff including 3D design, photography, textiles, fine art, visual studies and contextual studies.

On successful completion of Year 1 you will focus your creativity, strengths, skills and knowledge more closely in a specialist area, building an exciting portfolio of work in preparation for applications to HE or the workplace. You will produce and exhibit your own work at the end of course for the college exhibition.

Maths and English are developed as part of your study programme, either within art and design based projects or at an appropriate level in stand alone classes to help you attain a grade 4 or higher.

What else do I need to know?

Gallery and exhibition visits will be offered which you will be expected to attend as an essential part of your development in art and design. Live briefs and competitions will be undertaken too as will real world work experience activity.

What are the entry requirements?

Usually four or more high grades at GCSE in subjects that are relevant to the course you’d like to study, including maths and/or English. Alternatively, you’ll need a Level 2 Diploma with overall Merit in a relevant subject and maths and English at appropriate levels.

You will also be expected to bring examples of your artwork to interview to help staff assess your suitability for art and design study. We will consider applications from students who have not taken an Arts GCSE if they have a strong portfolio.

How is it assessed?

This is a hands on, practical qualification and you will be assessed throughout the programme at key assessment points. This will involve research, project work, sketchbooks, practical work, design and drawing sheets, presentations and contextual studies notes and essays. All assessments will be graded Pass, Merit or Distinction. Unit submissions are internally assessed and may be externally moderated.

What financial support is on offer?

This course is free for anyone aged 16 – 18. If you are outside this age group please contact 01782 254188.
College Maintenance Allowance (CMA): Anyone with a household income under £23,000 can receive up to £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances. For more details visit www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

What can I do next?

On completion of the course you will gain the BTEC Extended Diploma which is accepted by universities for entry onto their courses such as: Fine Art, Photography, Fashion, Textiles, Surface Pattern Design, 3D Crafts, Graphics Design, Illustration and Concept Art. The qualification is also designed to prepare learners for appropriate direct employment in the UK's growing Creative Industries sector. Our apprenticeship workshop staff can help you identify and apply for suitable art and design based opportunities.

How do I find out more?

If you wish to find out more you can contact Sue Bugler, course leader, by emailing: sue.bugler@nscg.ac.uk

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