Students are given an art and design brief which involves solving a problem or producing a piece for a client. Students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials, techniques and processes, to develop their own skills. The process when working towards a final piece involves: researching artists, gathering primary research through photography and educational visits, producing work that is inspired by their research and experimenting with materials and techniques including; developing film in the darkroom, studio lighting and Photoshop editing techniques. Students are shown various methods of manufacture and will produce final pieces that fulfil the design brief.

The Art suite offers personal study booths where students can work in their own time. The programme is coursework based with externally set controlled assessments. Students will complete a variety of core mandatory units plus specialist units in the student’s personal area of study.

Course Requirements: Students are required to purchase their own sketchbook, a A1 and A2 portfolio, basic equipment such as pencils, rubbers and rulers and any specialist materials students may require for their own work. The academy provides: paper, colour printing, art materials and dark room paper. The academy has a set of cameras to use inside lesson time.


Qualification: BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Entry requirements: Blue pathway

Assessment: 50% coursework 50% Exam

Progression Route: University, apprenticeship or employment in art, design or the creative industries.

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For more information, please contact: Mr Daniels


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