This Art & Design Practice BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma is a full 2-year practical course that is equivalent to three A-Levels. This BTEC has been developed alongside experts in the creative industries to focus on practical and progression-focused learning. This will provide you with opportunities to enter a broad range of Higher Education courses, apprenticeships, or employment roles.

To allow for a rich and immersive learning experience, you are given the opportunity to work freely across a range of technical skills areas which reflect current industry practice. Disciplines that are likely to be covered include printmaking, painting, photography, graphic design, fashion & textiles, and 3D design.

This Extended Diploma consists of four assessed units. In your first year, you will explore the fundamentals of Art & Design Practice by developing your practical skills. Following this, you will respond to design briefs that mirror current industry practice, which will demonstrate and nurture your ability to generate ideas and produce creative, professional outcomes.

In your second year, you will develop an in-depth understanding of the industry, employment roles, and Higher Education routes while also preparing progression materials (such as developing your portfolio) that are relevant to your personal aims. During the last unit of the course, you will advance your practical, critical, and reflective skills in order to plan, prepare, and develop a proposal for a response to an industry-relevant brief. You will carry it out from concept to resolution. 

As a full-time course, this BTEC is specifically designed for students with a genuine passion for Art & Design and an ambition to pursue a career in the creative industry. The course covers a broad range of aforementioned artistic disciplines in order to instil you with the skills and knowledge required for many different creative career opportunities.