Art and Design - BTEC Extended Diploma - Level 3

You will initially study a broad range of creative studies to develop your knowledge, techniques and skills before moving on to one of the following pathways:

  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Design
  • Fine Art
  • 3D Design
  • Textile Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Craft Design

Each pathway enables you to progress to university or employment in a variety of sectors.

The programme also includes studying Maths and English towards GCSE grade A*-C (new grading system: 9-4) if you do not already have these grades.

What topics/modules are covered?

  • Visual recording and communications
  • Critical and contextual studies
  • The creative process
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Developing a portfolio
  • Managing a client brief
  • Developing and realising creative intentions

What are the entry requirements?

In order to qualify for this course, you will need at least one of the following:

  • 4 GCSEs at grade C (new grading system: 4) or above


  • A relevant Level 2 qualification


  • Industry related experience

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

Career Path

  • 3D Designer
  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Architect
  • Tattoo Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Theatre Set Designer
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Cinematographer
  • Photographer
  • Director or Producer
  • Editor
  • Documentary Maker

What qualification will I gain?

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design Level 3.

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

The Balliol Building, Hugh Baird College.

Who is the awarding body?

Edexcel Pearsons.




Aged 16-18 Aged 19-23 and 1st full level 3 Aged 19+ Loan
Free Free £4,322

Financial Support

If you are aged 19+ you may be eligible for financial support to cover the cost of the course and/or travel, childcare and equipment expenses. Click here to find out more.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 09:04

Study Programme

If you are aged 16-19, this qualification will form a substantial part of your study programme. The study programme has been designed to ensure that young people are fully equipped and ready to move on to the world of work or higher level courses. In addition to your main qualification, will you also get the opportunity to undertake relevant and CV bolstering work experience out in your chosen industry. You will also be supported through maths and English qualifications.