Art and Design Diploma Level 3
- September 2020, Full Time
You will be introduced to a range of different artistic disciplines such as painting, printmaking, drawing, textiles, photography and graphic design. You will study six units that have been designed to enable your development, understanding, awareness and application of visual language and communication.
As you progress you will be encouraged to review and evaluate your work using analytical and communication skills to make informed progression decisions about individual pieces of work, projects, portfolio preparation and progression on to year two or related work.
Why Our College?
Excellent results and progression
In 2019, 79% of BTEC Art and Design students achieved a higher grade. Past students have gone on to become architects, graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, photographers and other careers within the creative sector.
Great Working Environment
This course is taught in our completely refurbished studios, designed by an ex-student, with access to great resources and display opportunities. Follow us on Instagram and Behance to see our studios and students’ work.
We offer our students fantastic opportunities to visit galleries both in the UK and overseas. As well as annual trips to London we run an annual trip to either Amsterdam or Berlin.
Minimum of 4 GCSEs A - C; 9-4 in GCSE English. A-C for GCSE Art and Design or art-related subject. Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design at minimum Merit, plus 9-4 in GCSE English and a portfolio of varied, good quality work to be presented at interview.
The Level 3 Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in art and design, or into employment.
It 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.
The Level 3 Diploma is assessed through a series of units. Students need to complete 6 units 2 of which are externally assessed. If students successfully complete the Year 1 course they can progress onto the Year 2 Extended Diploma. In the second year students need to complete a further 7 units, 2 of which are externally assessed.
The Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels and students will be graded at Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*.
Successful completion the Level 3 Diploma will provide direct entry onto the Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year. The design and structure of the course allows students the opportunity to further extend their learning through working with local and national clients and Higher Education providers.
We always adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to all aspects of our teaching and learning so that our students have a broad portfolio of work and are ready to enter higher level study or careers in the creative industries.
Paston College has successfully delivered BTEC courses for several years. We also work collaboratively with ex- students who have gone on to establish careers for themselves within the creative industries, along with Norwich University of the Arts to ensure that our courses prepare students well for their future careers in the industry.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
Year 1 student Amber has been working hard on her portraits. She wanted to produce a full length study but didn't have any large sheets. She got round this by taping A4 sheets and sticking them to a door. It looks great, well done.
Check out Hollie's entry for #murmur_zine.
Looking forward to seeing this when it all comes together.
Great work Hollie.
Here are a few of the images sent through today, sorry if I have not posted yours. It has been very difficult but these posts reflect very well on you, they prove that there are some cracking artists out there, doing great things and trying their best under testing conditions. I hope you manage to enjoy half term. Keep safe and I look forward to talking with you after the break. If you are struggling with your art then please get in touch.
Tala has been busy on this panoramic landscape painting and Jess has made these lovely portrait studies. Both year 1 students.
Here is some of the year 1 A Level work coming through.
Well done Anwyn, Jorge, Jess N and Jess F.
Jorge is interested in studying Architecture. Each year a number of our students go on to study a range of dynamic and creative courses at university.
Come and join us on an art based course and we could help you get onto the next step in your creative future.
Some good work coming in. Please post your work by 4 today.
First up is BTEC student Jess. She was given chicken wire and mod roc for a sculpture project based on crows. She decided on a different path and pursued her interest in Textiles instead. Here is what she made just before lockdown. She worked with the photography technician to learn about studio lighting. Well done to Tala and Darcy as well.
We have had some good discussions about art this week on Collaborate. We have looked at different ways of approaching drawing, of leaving elements incomplete, an absence. That led to Joy creating a superb drawing of a chair with some parts erased, an absence, creating a sense of intrigue in what is a familiar and unremarkable subject matter. Illuminate the ordinary. It also led to Millie reading this book on the Museum of Lost Art, reflecting on how we place values on cultural objects.
Leo studies film and reflected that the absence of a hero and a consoling ending to the film 'No country for old men' made it a much more powerful and interesting. So when you are thinking about your art projects, you could consider that by leaving something out you may be adding something interesting. This is not for all students but worth thinking about, even if you reject the idea.
See you next week. Keep posting your work. Keep safe and hope you are all well.
Just seen these interesting landscape studies from Tala. There will always be more than one way of approaching your art. Take a starting point and explore different ways of capturing the same image.
Nice work Tala.
Sorry Joy, that last image of yours was cropped clumsily by me.
Try again. I think the way you have used a rubber to create those subtle tonal changes is very good indeed. Is this your entry for #murmur_zine?
Some great work being sent through from Joy, Emily, Tala, Jess, Deborah, Kimberley and Amber. A mixture of Year 12 and 13 and A level and BTEC. It will be a pretty special exhibition when we eventually get a chance to show it.
It was good speaking to a number of you today. Students are holding their sketchbooks to the camera on their phone or laptop. We are all able to offer thoughts and positive comments in order to develop some momentum to your research and get some creative sparks flying.
Thanks a lot to nancym_design for working on these designs for a new profile picture for pastonart.
Nancy is in year 13 BTEC and also working on a textiles project. She plans to take time out next year to travel and to pursue her design skills independently. We wish her well.