Art & Design
BTEC Level 3

Awarding Body: Pearson

Qualification Level(s)

Available as:

  • Certificate (1 year – equivalent to an AS Level)
  • Extended Certificate (2 years – equivalent to an A Level)

Course Description

This is a coursework-based qualification which offers the student a broad exploration of Art and Design. Assessment is through practical work based projects, evidenced in a series of workbooks.

Grade 4 or above in an Art based subject (if taken) or portfolio of evidence required.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your subject choices.

You will study the following units:

  • Art and design in context
  • Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist art or design brief
  • Realising an outcome for a specialist art or design brief
  • Exploring artists as photographers
  • Printmaking
  • Exhibiting and presenting work

Influences you will learn about include Impressionism, Expressionism, Futurism and Pop Art. Artists explored include Van Gogh and Andy Warhol among others.

Students will study the planning, researching and organising ideas as well as releasing final design outcomes for a specialist design brief for a chosen site specific location. Other areas of the programme will see students investigating the impact of photography on art and artists work and looking at how they can make use of this medium in their own final design outcomes.

The course is designed to be accessible to all learners who wish to develop their creative and practical ability. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in practical Art and Design lessons and explore historical movements in Art as part of your written investigations. Specialist areas of study on the course will include drawing and drawing materials, composition and colour in painting with a variety of media and relief printmaking, and using subtractive and layered printing techniques.

All work is internally assessed and externally moderated.

You will be working to live briefs in some instances, and can use these opportunities to add to your CV or university application. The E6 Programme at College can support you with your next steps.

This course could take you directly into employment, further level four study or university.

The course is continually assessed and deadlines will be supplied for various stages of the submission of work.