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BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (90 Credit Diploma)

Extended Diploma (equivalent to the National Diploma)

This one-year full time course is designed to give you a thorough grounding in concepts involved in the broad area of art and design, which are underpinned with materials, techniques, processes and historical studies. The course initially develops your knowledge and skills and introduces you to a wide range of specialisms; Art and Design, Graphics, Textiles, Fashion, Photography and Interior Design. The course gives you the skills and knowledge to progress onto the one-year BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design course that prepares you for entry into Higher Education.


The course is initially a one year course that is equivalent to 2 A Levels and it is designed to enable you to progress onto the Extended Diploma in Art and Design or one-year foundation course. During the course you study six core units that underpin your knowledge and skills with specialist projects. These units include visual recording, material techniques and processes, historical and contextual studies in art and design and conclude with realising art and design ideas. Learners will be offered the opportunity to undertake essential study skills appropriate to their individual needs. Key skills in communication, IT and number will be delivered as part of the course modules. All students are supported by a system of individual and group tutorials.

16-18? You may be able to study an extra AS Level alongside this course, please click on the link below to find out more information:


Teaching is made up of lectures and demonstrations with group and personal tutorials.

Course Leader profile

Simon Dunn

"In September 2005 I began working in the Art and Design Department at Calderdale College, after graduating from Huddersfield University with a post graduate teaching degree. Prior to this I graduated with a BA Hons degree in Art and Design, specialising in textiles and printing. This was followed by a two year part time Masters course in printmaking. It was during this time that a selection of my print designs and books were exhibited in galleries in Manchester, Bristol and in London. Working at Calderdale is great, there's a very positive atmosphere, and I always enjoy sharing my expertise with students who are eager to learn the skills they need for work."

Entry Requirements

An advanced course suitable for those with at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or grade 4 to include Maths or English or a relevant level 2 qualification such as BTEC First Diploma, GNVQ Intermediate, NVQ Level 2 or equivalent/relevant work experience. Applicants will be asked to show examples of their work at interview.

Interview Process

Interview with a specialist tutor. Candidates will be required to show a portfolio of work, enthusiasm and a commitment to the course.

Questions & Answers

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is continuous with tutor feedback. At the end of Year 2 learners will have produced a final major project which is externally assessed.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

This course will enable you to progress onto the one-year Foundation Art and Design course. Possible careers include fashion/ textile designer, product designer, footwear/sports clothing designer, architect interior design or a set designer and many more. Learners may progress onto HND Fine Art, BA Fine Art or a specialist HND/Degree

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Before Enrolment

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During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: September 2018
  • Hours per week: 15 + hours per week
  • Days: Mon-Fri
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 4.30 pm
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years (Diploma) or 6 months (Award)
  • Course Fees: This course is free for students age 16 - 18. For students 19+ please contact our Student Services Team In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived. Students who are aged 19 and over and who wish to enrol on a full time course should contact our Student Services Team on 01422-399367 for more information.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: Creative, Digital and Enterprise
  • Department Manager: Robin Smith


  • Level: Level 3
  • Qualification Name: BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (Art & Design Option)
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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