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Art and Design Practice (Graphic Design) BTEC National Diploma level 3

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Art and Design Practice (Graphic Design) BTEC National Diploma level 3
Code C1267
Qualification Type Other Regulated/Accredited Qualification
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course is currently full for 2020 21 and new applications will be kept on a waiting list. This is a one year course and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels.. Successful progress can lead to entry onto the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels) in 2021/22. It provides a broad-based graphic design overview which can lead students into an exciting range of career areas including graphic designer, illustrator, advertising, digital art and media art worker. The course is supported by regular trips to galleries and museums as well as location research trips. There is also a developing programme of industrial visits and live projects. The course is timetabled over 14 hours, four days per week. This is a demanding course and there is an expectation that students will dedicate additional time to their studies. The course is an art and design-based qualification so you will be expected to engage with drawing and other creative units. Assessment is continuous and achievement is closely monitored. If you are aged 16-18, you will be enrolled on a study programme which will include retaking GCSEs or Functional Skills in maths if you haven't already achieved a grade 4 (C) or above.


The course is predominantly a graphic design course with elements of interactive media covering the following subjects: ideas and concepts; drawing; design method; contextual studies; photography; screen printing; computers in art and design; and web design. The course covers the design process, and you will also be training on a range of latest industry software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator. If you successfully complete year 1, you will progress on to year two of the Extended Diploma level 3. The units you will cover are application, exploration and realisation in art and design; design methods in art and design; personal and professional development; digital imaging computer manipulations; mixed media; design for advertising; and information graphics. 100% internally assessed this course is highly practical and progression focused. Featuring large, flexible teaching modules, it allows for practical and professional skills development

How will it be delivered?

All units are assessed through practical assignments. You will receive formative assessments and feedback that will inform you of the grade you are working towards. We will set targets that inform you how to improve. There are no examinations or external assessments on this course.

Entry requirements

Standard entry to this course requires one reference. It is desirable that you can demonstrate 90% attendance. Four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) including English and an Art/Design related subject is required. GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C) or above is desirable. You will also require a portfolio which demonstrates your suitability for your chosen course.

Your next steps...

This level 3 course allows successful students to progress either into the creative arts industry or higher education in graphic design, or a range of allied subject areas. The course equips you to enter the creative industries at a junior level. There will also be an element of simulated work experience through live projects, competitions, and industrial assignments during year two of the course.



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