Course overview

Art and Design Level 3 City of Bristol College

A two-year, full-time BTEC National course in Art and Design. 

In year one, students complete a Diploma before completing an Extended Diploma in year two. 

The qualification gives you a solid understanding of broad Art and Design practices, skills and techniques. 


Dates and applications

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Art and Design Level 3 College Green Centre
Course Code
09/09/2024 - 18/06/2025
1 years
Date/Day(s) Being Finalised
Hours per week
Start Time
College Green Centre
This course costs £2882. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.
Course Code Dates Duration Days Hours per week Start Time Location Fee
LGF1853C01-1 09/09/2024 - 18/06/2025 1 years Date/Day(s) Being Finalised Enquire 09:15 College Green Centre
This course costs £2882. If you are aged 16-18 and looking to study full time; you will not pay any tuition fees. If you are aged 19 or over, you may also be eligible to study for free. Please contact us to discuss your options or visit our Financial Support page.

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for young people aged 16-18 and adults aged 19 and over who wish to develop a career in the visual arts, crafts and design industry. 

The course is designed mainly for school leavers who have experience of Art and Design at GCSE level and who have a passion and desire to explore this diverse subject area. 

What you'll learn

During your time on this course, you will produce a wide range of creative projects where you will work with a variety of different materials and techniques to build up your general Art and Design skills and knowledge.

You will cover topics such as:
Surface Pattern
Printing 3D Materials
Ceramics Graphics
Digital Fine Art Print
Contextual Research
Photography Life Drawing
Fashion and Textiles

You will spend the first few months of year 1 exploring these different techniques and towards the end of the year, you will choose one area to focus on for your final year project.

In the second year, you will deepen your specialist knowledge, supporting you to prepare for further study and for employment. This year will culminate in a final project where you will have the opportunity to put together an exhibition with your peers, showcasing your achievements to friends and family.

During both years, live briefs will be set by industry professionals as part of your projects. These will give you the valuable opportunity to increase your understanding and experience of working within the creative sector and help to prepare you for employment.

Course entry requirements

We will invite you to a course information meeting event where you will receive information, advice, and guidance about the course you have applied for. This will be an opportunity for you to gain valuable information about the course and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

You will provide a copy of your last school report and / or a reference from an employer or relevant professional other this will include attendance. This is to ensure we can support to be able to achieve well on the course. Applicants with 85% or below attendance will have been deemed not to have met this criteria.

All applicants are given an opportunity to discuss any evidence based mitigating circumstances that may have affected the reference / school report.

If you are applying for a creative practice-based course, you will be invited to bring a portfolio of work that demonstrated what you have done in your previous courses.

5 x GCSE’s at C/4 or above, or a Level 2 Certificate / Extended Certificate or above (at merit or above) in a relevant subject.

You will have gained either English and/or maths at GCSE C/4 or above, or L2 Functional skills in English and/or maths.

We are firmly committed to finding the right course for you to ensure you can flourish.

Talk to us today if you have any concerns about the application process, we are here to help take you to the next level.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

All assessment is through coursework – there are no exams. 

Future career and study opportunities

After completing the first year of the course, you can continue to study this subject in more depth in the second year.  

Alternatively, the option to switch learning and transfer onto one of our other Art and Design Extended Diplomas can be explored. 

Some learners may choose to leave the course after the first year and progress to employment, into Higher Education or to an apprenticeship. 

After completing both years of the course, you may wish to progress onto a Foundation Degree or BA Hons Degree at Higher Education Level. 

You may also progress to our Foundation Degree in Graphic Design with Digital Arts. 

Past students have also moved into more specialist areas of study, such as print, painting and illustration or they have opted to enter into employment or to take part in an Apprenticeship. 

Additional costs

All students are required to pay a studio fee of £35, for this they will receive an Art Kit which includes 2 A3 sketchbooks, watercolour paints, brushes and other course essentials. 

Learner Support Fund applications can be made to provide funding to cover these costs, for students with a low household income.  

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