BTEC Art and Design

Faculty : Creative Arts-Art                                                       

Level: Level 3 National Diploma in Art and Design

Examination Board  / website : Edexcel

Assessment Details :

Six Internally set units, three externally set units.

Practical Examinations (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, dates):  Externally set tasks

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, submission dates):

UNIT 4 MATERIALS TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES IN ART AND DESIGN

UNIT 2  CRITICAL AND CONTEXTUAL STUDIES IN ART AND DESIGN Externally Set Task

UNIT 3 THE CREATIVE PROCESS

UNIT 1  VISUAL RECORDING AND COMMUNICATION Externally Set Task

UNIT 5 DEVELOPING AN ART AND DESIGN PORTFOLIO

UNIT 7 DEVELOPING AND REALISING CREATIVE INTENTIONS Externally Set Task

UNIT 9 PHOTOGRAPHIC MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES AND PROCESSES

UNIT 14 TEXTILES MATERIALS, TECHNIQUES AND PROCESS

Each unit runs for 6-8 week. Submissions are marked at the end of each unit.

Course Outline:

Each unit is designed to maximise students exposure to different art and design practices. Students are given a design brief, and are emulating the working practices of selected artist, crafts people and designers.

The Externally Set Tasks , are  exam papers set by Edexcel.  The externally set tasks are created in a set number of hours under exam conditions.

BTEC  art students regularly visit galleries and exhibitions in London. We encourage students to maximise their exposure to contemporary art in London by regularly visiting galleries, exhibitions and events.

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course :

BTEC Art and Design is a fascinating and rewarding experience.  It encourages working in the style of a selected artists/designer or craftsperson.  Vocational skills, personal development, dedication, hard work and preparedness to explore new ideas and media.  Students need to be independent creative thinkers, who have excellent time management skills, be able to work to tight deadlines, organised and receptive to new ideas. Students who are considering BTEC Art and Design will be expected to work during lunchtime and afterschool studio sessions.

Goes well with :

For those wishing to pursue a career within the Creative Arts: Photography, Textiles, Product Design, Media, but can be studied in any combination of subjects.

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. It currently accounts for 6% of the UK’s GDP, with further growth predicted for the next decade. The creative industry and has proven to expand despite recent economic crisis.  Studying A Level Art and Design provides students with a fantastic platform for a Foundation Art Course, followed by BA in Art, Design or Art History.  The career prospects are varied: Digital Editor, Graphic Designer, Curator, Education, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Brand Designer, Art Historian, Animator, Architect, Visual Merchandiser, Landscape Gardener, Games Designer, Advertising, Set Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator, Furniture Designer, Art Therapist, Jewellery Designer, Ceramicist Textile Designer.

For further information, please contact:

Mrs Catherine Nicholas, Head of Creative Arts Faculty:  nicholasc@hendonschool.co.uk

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