BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion)

Overview

The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion) encourages an experimental approach to Art and Design with an emphasis on Fashion.

Students will undertake assignments in the first year that will explore different aspects of fashion and textiles. In the second year students will focus on a specialist area such as fashion or costume design, fashion accessories or surface pattern design.

The course can either be taken as a one year course leading to an Extended Certificate (equivalent to one AS Level) or as a two year course resulting in a Diploma (equivalent to one A Level).

Students complete skills-based project work for three units in the first year, progressing on to three specialist units in the second year, some of which will be externally set.

What goes well with this course?

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Art (Fashion) is a time consuming course. Students could combine this course with Photography, Graphic Design or Fine Art AS/A Level, but are advised to only choose one of these subjects.

Progression

Many students go on to study at Art College or university and do courses including:

  • Fashion design, styling and promotion
  • Theatre Design
  • Fashion Photography and Journalism
  • Foundation course in Art and Design

Fashion is one of the most competitive of the creative industries – to gain employment students need to be highly qualified, talented, original and extraordinarily hard-working. This course will support students to develop these skills rapidly but the hard work has to be done by them.

Course Content

This is not a dress-making course. It is primarily about ideas, communication and design although students will be expected to construct garments and costumes as part of some assignments. Having access at home to a sewing machine and a digital camera will be an advantage and students will need a full range of art and design equipment and be prepared to buy consumables as necessary to fulfil the assignments.

The course covers areas such as:

  • Being an open-minded and experimental artist
  • Improving drawing skills
  • Working in both 2D and 3D
  • Learning new skills and working to set briefs and deadlines
  • Experimenting with resources, media, techniques and processes while reviewing and refining ideas
  • Printing and digital design
  • Constructing original outcomes

 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips, Visits & Experiences

The College runs a number of educational experiences each year to enable students to contextualise their learning. These experiences include trips to galleries, fashion shows, photoshoots and talks by visiting speakers, including a variety of local designers and artists.

Assessment

The course is assessed through both coursework and exam units as well as an exhibition and fashion show.

The exam board for this course is Pearson BTEC.

Entry Requirements

4 grades A*- C at GCSE including a GCSE grade C in Art & Design, or DT Textiles or a Merit (or higher) at BTEC Level 2, plus English minimum Grade 3 and Maths minimum Grade 2 or equivalent qualifications.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2017

The application form for the academic year 2017-2018 is available to download here.

Students should return their completed forms directly to Coulsdon College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according to the College's Admissions Policy Admissions Policy.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate/Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion) information leaflet.

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