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BTEC National Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Fine Art/Photography/Graphics/Textiles)

Introduction to materials, techniques and processes associated with Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Ceramics and Fashion and Textiles, developing practical skills and contextual understanding and developing research skills.
There is an opportunity to choose two specialist pathways. Explore the creative potential of media and responding to a range of creative briefs.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSE's at grade 4 including English, or equivalent Level 2 qualification.
A portfolio of work.

Fees information

The course fees are listed in the course information box below. You could be entitled to have your fees waived if you are aged 19-23 and do not have a full level 3 qualification or you are aged 24+ and unemployed. Please contact Students Services at Swindon College, North Star Avenue, Swindon SN2 1DY. Tel 01793 491591 or e-mail for details. For 19+ Students you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan to help with the cost of the course. Please click here for more information

What do I need to bring?

All students should maintain and carry a basic kit containing pens, pencils and a sketchbook.

Assessment/Exam information

The course is assessed by a variety of methods including: projects, assignments, presentations and course work; Some of these are internally assessed whilst others will be externally assessed via exams or external tasks. All assessment is verified by an external examiner to maintain national quality and standards.

All work is graded using a scale of Pass, Merit and Distinction. The course is unit based and presents continuous assessment opportunities, as opposed to a final examination; therefore, your progress can be accurately tracked and assessed throughout the entire programme, offering you the opportunity to improve your grades.

Other information

Any student who has not previously achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and English will be required to study towards this qualification as part of their programme of study.

During the course students develop a range of transferable skills, which play an essential role in developing personal effectiveness for adult and working life and in the application of specific vocational skills.

What can I do next?

1 year Foundation Diploma. BA Programmes in Graphics or Illustration, Foundation degree in Creative Arts and Design Practice or an HND course at Swindon College. Alternatively, an HE course at a University.

Qualification description

Students who complete this course will be awarded a BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Course information & how to apply

Length Start Date End Date Course Fees Course Code
36 weeks per year 03 Sep 2018 25 Jun 2021 Tuition fee: £3,225.00
Award body exam fee: £126.00
16-18 do not pay Tuition, Exams or Materials Fees
UCAS/UKPASS Code: Not Applicable
Study type: Full Time
Hours per week: 15.00
Study days: 3 DAYS

Any extra costs

All students will be charged a trips and exhibition fee, which includes an Art Kit. The total cost of this is £65. Other costs may be incurred in the production of project work.

How to apply

Apply through Swindon College online by clicking on the APPLY NOW or Contact Student Services on 0800 731 2250 or email