Art, Design and Communication (Creative Practice) Level 3 Full-time (FADF)

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code BC14
Qualification Type National Extended Diploma (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.


You will explore a wide range of art and design disciplines within year one (the Diploma), including drawing, painting, print making, textiles, wood work, jewellery and metal work, developing your skills through three units of practical work and theoretical study. Your work will be enhanced through educational and gallery visits.

Within year two, the Extended Diploma you will focus on your personal development in art and design completing a further three units, work on live briefs and develop an individual final major project which you will exhibit. You will continue to build your confidence and abilities to independently use the workshops to create a varied portfolio of work in preparation for progression into your chosen next steps.

Course Themes:

  • Fine art
  • Textiles
  • 3D design

How will it be delivered?

Your work will be assessed against the University of Arts, London (UAL) grading criteria throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each unit you will present a portfolio of work for grading. Live briefs will include formal presentation to the client. Your final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Extended Diploma, you must pass all the course units.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English, one must be an art related subject
  • Students will normally take part in an interview prior to being enrolled on the programme
  • Applicants are advised to bring a portfolio of work to their interview in order to demonstrate their interests and abilities
  • Where applicants do not quite meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on the portfolio and interview

Your next steps...

Employment – This course can form the foundations for a range of creative occupations including Graphic Designer, Artist, Entrepreneur, Fashion or Textile Designer, Illustrator, Fine Artist, Interior Designer, Product, Jewellery or Ceramic Designer or Teacher.

Education – You could progress to university, studying a variety of art, design, fashion and crafts disciplines or other higher level qualifications such as a Higher National Diploma (HND).