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Art & Design – Level 3

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About the course

The BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Art and Design Practice is a two-year full-time vocational course, equivalent to 3 A levels. Diverse assignment briefs will explore a range of art and design specialisms, such as painting, graphics, and fashion design, all taught in our specialist creative hub, with university standard facilities. Through various creative projects, you will develop transferable and higher-order skills that are highly regarded by higher education and employers, such as communication, project management, confidence, and problem solving. You will work to creative briefs from real-world clients such as the National Trust and the NHS, producing a portfolio to showcase your skills to universities and potential employers.

Topics and units

Year 1
– Fine art project
– Fashion and textiles project
– Graphics project
– Final creative project
Year 2
– Personal progression plan
– Individual creative project
– Critial self-appraisal

Work placement opportunities:
The National Trust, Wrekin Arts Society, freelance commission work

Careers and progression

Progressing to: Higher education, apprenticeships or employment in the creative industries
Aspirational careers: Architect, art therapist, photographer, artist, creative director, film and TV costume designer, graphic or interior designer

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English or maths and GCSE or Level 2 Art qualification. You will also be required to audition or provide a recorded portfolio.

Additional information

Resources – Art packs are available for purchase from the Creative Hub and cover the basic resources you will need. Trips include art galleries in the local area, as well as in London and Liverpool for inspiration. You will also take part in local and national competitions in disciplines such as photography, textiles or fine art. Guest speakers from universities and the art and design industry will enrich your learning at the college. You will also visit university campuses and take part in workshops to help you decide on your future career aims.

What to do next

If you are interested in applying for this course, please click ‘apply now‘ on this page or at the top of any page, and create an website account or sign in an account you have already created and complete the application form. 

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Full Time


2 Year


Haybridge Road, Telford


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Open event
09 October 2024
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13 November 2024
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04 December 2024
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