BTEC Art and Design

Art & Design Subsidiary Diploma

Why should I study this subject?

If you love art and design and feel your future is in the creative industries this course will be great for you. BTEC Art and Design is a full time, two year, level 3 Art course which has been designed to develop your skills in a range of artistic disciplines including: drawing, painting, print making, photography (both darkroom and digital), textiles, fashion, 3D and many others.

You will develop visual communication skills and the ability to think conceptually which will help you develop into truly independent artists and designers. The course gives you the opportunity to develop intellectual, imaginative and creative art work and use a wide range of artistic media.

What will I study?

Year 12 In the first year you will be introduced to the formal elements of art and design and you will explore a range of media including drawing, painting, 3D, photography, print and textiles. You will be taught skills in all these areas and work through projects designed to develop your artistic ability. As the year progresses we will help you choose a specialism and produce a final major project in that area.

Year 13 You will explore and deepen your experience and knowledge in your chosen specialism as your work become increasingly independent. We will help you develop a portfolio of work and prepare you for either university or job interviews. During the year you will be set a range of projects designed to stretch and challenge you before concluding in a final major project and end of year exhibition.

What are the entry requirements?

Click here to see the subject specific entry requirements

What skills do I need?

You should possess:

  • A genuine interest in art and design.
  • An ability to work practically and creatively
  • The ability to meet the demands of a coursework subject
  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Creativity skills
  • An ability to work independently on projects set by your teachers.

How will I be taught?

A combination of traditional teaching and demonstrations moving onto independent student-led sessions. In Year 12 there will be an introduction to a range of artistic skills and media, structured projects. In Year 13 the emphasis will be on you directing your own interests and projects.

How will I be assessed?

The Visual Arts BTEC is a coursework subject and will be continually assessed. The units are internally marked and externally moderated and will culminate in a final major project.

What will the course prepare me for?

Creativity and visual communication is essential in many careers both inside the creative industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation course or other Higher Education course such as Fine Art, Design, Graphics, Textiles, Photography, Fashion and Lens-based Media as well as many other options.

How much private study should I expect to do?

As an approximate guideline BTEC subjects require 3-4 hours of independent study each.

What materials will I need to purchase?

Art materials maybe required throughout the course depending on specialism. A £10 fee will be charged for essential art materials.

What is the exam board?


This subject is for you if…
you see your future working in the creative industries, think you will be successful in a coursework subject and are open minded about trying new artistic techniques.

This subject is not for you if…
you don’t like practical independent work and have no interest in the visual arts.

“I have enjoyed this course as it has allowed me to express myself through my work and I have been able to be experimental. There is a great range of equipment and resources available to students.”   Natalie Cunnane, Wakefield City Academy

“This course is really enjoyable and it has helped me gain an understanding of different and varied styles of art. This, along with the skills I have learned, has allowed me to develop my own unique style within my artwork.”                                                             Jordan Lee, Kings High School