Art and Design BTEC Foundation Diploma Level 3/4

This course will build your confidence and develop your skills in art and design to prepare you for university.

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3, 4


1 Year


September 2020 start


As well as having an opportunity to work across a range of different art-based principles and develop your technical and digital skills, you’ll also be able to review specialist art streams/ subjects and get guidance to inform decisions about future career goals or HE learning programmes.

You will study 4 mandatory units:

  • Researching, recording and responding in art and design
    • The aim of this unit is to enable you to recognise the value of research when recording, preparing and devising individual responses and solutions to problems encountered. You will be encouraged to challenge your own and others’ preconceptions as a way of informing your studio practice and subsequent work.
  • Media experimentation in art and design
    • This unit will enable you to explore media and associated techniques. You will develop experimental work and discover alternative combinations of media, considering aspects such as fitness for purpose, communication and intention.  Through critical review of their work you will identify the potential in possible media applications and the essential role of these applications as a means of visual communication.
  • Preparation and progression in art and design
    • The aim of this unit is to enable you to consider the progression opportunities available to you in your specialist pathway through research, applied critical judgement and the identification of personal goals. You will prepare materials to support your progression, such as written statements and a portfolio of art and design work that reflects your personal strengths.  You will manage your time and develop strategies to support their progression aims.  You can apply presentation skills through mock interviews and scenarios.
  • Final major project in art and design
    • The aim of this unit is to enable you to develop skills, knowledge and understanding in initiating, researching, developing, concluding and presenting, a major art and design project. This will act as the final stepping-stone for higher education progression.  It is anticipated that robust research coupled with a disciplined attention to time management will enable you to structure a professional work ethic.  Presenting a final exhibition is the culmination of your experience whilst at the same time acting as a professional context for sharing your views and opinions.

You will also study 3 of 6 optional units:

  • Information and interpretation in art and design (level 3)
  • Personal experimental studies in art and design (level 3)
  • Extended media development in art and design (level 3)
  • Information and interpretation in art and design (level 4)
  • Personal experimental studies in art and design (level 4)
  • Extended media development in art and design (level 4)

The Foundation Diploma in Art and Design will help you recognise your strengths and abilities. All our students who apply to universities are successful, with a high ratio gaining their first choice on higher education degree courses, so we have a proven success rate we are proud of.

You will do a wide range of practical, studio based activities that will introduce you to the underpinning knowledge and issues of serious study in art and design.

You will produce 3D and 2D work and greatly improve your understanding of media and techniques. Initially you will explore the following areas:

  • traditional drawing and painting techniques including perspective, life drawing and colour theory,
  • 3D activities including wood, small metal work, plaster, ceramics,
  • graphics – illustration, animation and photography,
  • a variety of print making techniques and textiles.

As you progress you will specialise and develop your own focus of activity. This will indicate an appropriate area of study for you when applying for your degree course.

Teaching staff will also support you through the UCAS application process for higher education degree level study.

Entry Requirements

You should have a minimum of:

  • one A level or equivalent,
  • plus three GCSE passes at grade C/level 4 or above including English and maths


You need a strong portfolio of art and design work which shows your enthusiasm for the subject.

Assessment Methods

  • Written assignments
  • Presentations
  • Portfolio
  • Sketchbooks
  • Critical Reviews & Evaluations


HNC or degree Level study in:

  • Textiles,
  • Fashion,
  • Illustration,
  • Graphic Design,
  • Film,
  • Fine Art,
  • Architecture,
  • Interior Design,
  • Photography


Progression opportunities also include ceramics, 3D design, architecture, product design, model making, textiles, illustration, interior design, advertising, printmaking and digital manipulation.

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    Start date

    2020-09-07 00:00:00.000

    End date

    2021-07-02 00:00:00.000

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    Kirklees College