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.
For a bit of a laugh I suggested the BTEC group created a caricature. I wish I hadn't because I found it really hard. The habits and conventions that I warn you about are too ingrained now. However, see who you can recognise. The final image is me misunderstanding my own brief with some sort of illustration. Oh well. Feel free to join in. I have had tons of images sent by email. If you have not sent anything yet, please do.
NUA have launched a competition with some great prizes. I'll go and forward you all the email now.
Super portrait from Jess in Year 1.
Year 1 Fine Art student Kim is getting stuck into making a book.
Working on layers
Drawing can start by picking up a pencil and drawing. Remember the experiments we did in the Autumn term. We started drawings by first of all taking rubbings from a grille on a radiator, from the texture of flooring etc and then use that as the starting point for your drawing. BE SENSITIVE TO THE POTENTIAL OF THE CHANCE MARK. I have seen amazing work by you students, please make sure you have all sent me some images by tomorrow.
I attach some ropey videos demonstrating another idea. Please use scissors to cut paper if you are not confident using a craft knife. Please wear a mask and work outside if using spray paint.
Morning all. This is a page from a notebook that Nick Cave kept as a student. He wanted to deepen his understanding. Words can often be a trigger point for imagery. A word like 'incongruous ' can lead to all sorts of visual experiments around sharp and unusual combinations. As you research, make notes of words you do not fully understand.
Nick Cave is a musician amongst other things.
All the best
I've just sent you all an email please check. As artists you need to be resourceful. Check out Alberto Burri and Arte Povera or poverty art. If you cannot buy art materials start looking for the potential within boxes lurking at the back of cupboards, natural materials, rags that could be sewn together to form the 'canvas'. I also mentioned Christo and Jeanne Claude- how they transformed ordinary objects by wrapping them. Illuminate the ordinary. I include an image as well.
Please make sure that you send me your work that you have done so far by Friday.
The Arte Povera link is an idea, most of you are secure and happy working on your own projects, so no need to change. But it is worth a look.
All the best.
Some more from Ellie. They look very good to me. Well done
Ellie carrying on with her beautiful experiments.
Amie working hard on her BTEC project.