BTEC National Diploma Art & Design

BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design (QCF) (1 Year, full-time)

Course structure
The programme is divided into two (2) semesters and can be completed in one year on a full time basis.
480 Guided-learning hours and workshops, divided in 12 compulsory units.

Digital techniques        Digital Creative skills   General skills
Adobe® Photoshop Desktop publishing French language
Adobe® Indesign Grid layout English language
Adobe® Illustrator Typography History of Arts
DxO® Optics Digital photography Visual communication
Nikon Silver Efex Illustration
Drawing, sketching
Copywriting

 UNITS 2013/2014

1. Visual Recording in Art and Design
This unit is about developing students’ visual recording skills as an exploratory tool in communicating different ideas. Learning to observe and select visual information from the world around them forms a vital part of this unit. Students will use primary sources to work from direct observation, developing their skill and understanding, to communicate and express creative ideas.

2. Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ knowledge, skills and understanding in working safely and creatively with the materials, techniques and processes associated with their specialist pathway. It will enable students to explore, experiment with and understand the use of a range of materials, techniques and processes.

3. Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
This unit aims to broaden and deepen student skills, knowledge and understanding of creative thinking, across contemporary and historical art and design, in order to inform their own practice. students will develop an understanding of their own innovative thought processes through carrying out activities and briefs that give them opportunities to explore possibilities within a range of ideas and concepts.

4. Communication through Art and Design
This unit aims to develop the breadth and depth of students’ knowledge, and understanding of and skills in communication through art and design. students will achieve this by studying how practitioners use primarily visual imagery to communicate ideas, messages and meaning, and then applying findings to their own ideas.

5. Contextual Influences in Art and Design
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills and knowledge of how historical and cultural influences inform art and design. students will achieve this by researching and recording information, whilst developing critical and analytical skills, and relating this to their own developing practice.

12. Computers in Art and Design
Through this unit will develop students’ understanding of how computers are used as new media in contemporary art and design. They will also develop an understanding of the potential benefits of combining digital and traditional art and design techniques and processes to develop their own work.

25. Studio Photography
The aim of this unit is to enable students to gain skills, knowledge and understanding of the characteristics of studio-based photography. Students will create studio photographs using technology, techniques and media in the studio. Students will develop ideas for their own studio photography with reference to published examples of historical and contemporary studio photography practice.

27. Digital Image Capture and Editing
The aim of this unit is to develop students’ skills and knowledge of digital image capture, scanning equipment and the techniques associated with digital image capture, editing and processing using image processing software to capture, edit and manipulate images digitally.

38. Mixed Media Image Making
This unit is designed to develop students’ skills in creative and experimental use of nontraditional
graphic media and methods in their design work. Students will gain an understanding of the potential use of graphic media and the range of skills needed in order to exploit these forms effectively.

40. Typographic and Layout Design
This unit aims to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to design effective and creative page layout solutions using typography, page layout conventions and desktop publishing computer applications.

41. Words and Images in Graphic Design
This unit is about developing students’ technical and skills in the use of graphic visual language and employing words and images in their work in a rich variety of ways for different purposes.

75. Drawing from Observation
In this unit students will develop the skills associated with drawing from observation and
explore a variety of recording media. They will have opportunities to develop drawing skills
related directly to observational work.

+ French as a native / foreign language
Guided and interactive learnng hours.

+ English as a native / foreign language
Guided and interactive learnng hours.

National Diploma Art & Design, a BTEC qualification