Art and Design BTEC Introductory Diploma Level 1

This course will give you an exciting introduction to art, design and craft and will allow you to develop your skills and ideas in a range of materials, techniques and processes.


This course will give you an exciting introduction to art, design and craft. You will develop your skills and ideas in a range of materials, techniques and processes. You will also develop your skills in English and maths.

On the course you will:

  • create a portfolio of practical work,
  • visit galleries, museums and places of interest,
  • exhibit work in public exhibitions,
  • be involved in competitions and live projects,
  • be involved in enterprise activities.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Being organised
    • From creating to-do lists and filing systems to setting up your phone for alerts and alarms, this unit will introduce you to ways that will help you to plan and use your time effectively, as well as organising yourself and your work.
  • Developing a personal progression plan
    • This unit will help you find out what opportunities are available to you and how to get to the next stage. You will carry out a self-audit, identifying what your strengths are and what you need to develop to be able to meet your progression goals.  You will learn how to set goals and plan ways to achieve them.  You will then produce a personal progression plan to help you reach the next step in your life.
  • Working with others
    • A key part of being successful in work and study is the ability to work with other people. This includes being able to communicate, working together to solve problems and working in teams to achieve common goals.  In this unit, you will develop these skills and demonstrate how you use them. You will work with others to complete a given activity, agree roles and responsibilities, share ideas and support each other.  Problems may come up as you work on the activity and you will need to find solutions to them.  It can be difficult working with others and this unit gives you the opportunity to develop the skills and behaviours you need to be successful.
  • Researching a topic
    • In this unit, you will have the opportunity to research a topic that interests you. It could be linked to something you have enjoyed in your sector, something that is happening in your local community or perhaps linked to what you would like to do in the future.  Before starting on your research you will need to decide on the focus for your topic.  You will set up a research log to record the research tasks you carry out and the sources that you use.  When you have completed your research, you will summarise and present your findings.

You will also study 6 of the following 8 optional units:

  • Creating an art image
  • Creating a 3D art object
  • Presenting an image using a camera
  • Designing a product
  • Planning and marketing an exhibition
  • Creating a mood board
  • Creating an artefact using clay
  • Creating prints

Entry Requirements

A minimum of 4 GCSE’s with the following grades:

  • English at grade 2 or above and maths at grade 1 or above, and
  • two other GCSEs at grade 2 or above

You will also need a portfolio of work.

Assessment Methods

You will be assessed on your practical work and on the standard of your written work, i.e. written skills and where appropriate numeracy. You will also complete a final major project.


Fees & Funding

As a full time student, under the age of 19, you will not usually need to pay any course or examination fees.

There will be several educational trips planned throughout the year which will have added travel costs.

You may need to pay for some essential costs. Help may be available for students in financial difficulties. For more information contact student support services, tel: 0500 162 100.


Course code


Start date

2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

End date

2021-07-02 00:00:00.000

Course code


Start date

2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

End date

2021-07-02 00:00:00.000




Huddersfield Centre

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Kirklees College