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BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (2nd Year Pathway With Specialism)


This creative programme allows you to develop your skills in a wide range of Art and Design media and techniques; through a series of core units and projects that are underpinned with contextual references and visual recording. These core elements prepare you to specialise in specific areas that can include:

  • Fashion Design
  • Surface Pattern
  • Textiles for Fashion
  • Textiles for Interiors
  • Print Graphics
  • Illustration Media
  • Games Character Design
  • Fine Arts
  • 3D Crafts

During the course you will have the opportunity to gain vocational experience working on our enterprise business and participate in the annual fashion show, work within live briefs, enter competitions and take part in vocational, off site trips to exhibits and galleries.

This course will enable you to progress onto the one-year Foundation Art and Design course.

 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 practically based in the workshop including lectures and tutorials. All students have access to our specialist facilities including the library and computer suites.

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 and English or a relevant level 2 qualification such as BTEC First Diploma, GNVQ Intermediate, NVQ Level 2 or equivalent/relevant work experience. Applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered following the outcome of a guidance interview and on their portfolio of work.

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

Are there any opportunities for progression?

After this course you will be eligible to progress onto the Extended Diploma or BTEC Foundation Diploma or into employment as: Fashion Designer, Textile Designer, Illustrator, Printmaker, Interior Designer, Architectural Design

Functional Skills



Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisors to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisors to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

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
  • 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
  • Awarding Body: EDEXCEL

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Calderdale College,
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Halifax, HX1 3UZ

+44 (0) 1422 357 357

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