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Art & Design, Photography and Fashion - Level 2 BTEC Diploma - September Start

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COURSE TITLE: BTEC Level 2 Art & Design, Photography and Fashion
Mode of Study: Diploma
Level: 2
Duration: 1 Year
Awarding/validation body:  BTEC

Course Overview

The course allows a new opportunity to develop creative skills and digital portfolio development for the next level of progression to level 3, whilst also improving Maths and/or English GCSE grades if required.

We provide dynamic workshops, lessons exploring creativity and innovation. Students will develop new ways of thinking about Art & Design and other pathways such as illustration, image making and photography.

Students apply research techniques, improve sketching, drawing and painting skills as well as work in ceramics, sculpting, graphic design and print making. Experimental image making and other techniques are developed in purpose-built workshops and studios supported by specialist technicians. We value exhibiting work in our own gallery space.We develop individual creativity, portfolio building as well as transferable skills such as work ethic, independence and adaptability.

We encourage business enterprise for all creative students which is supported in all activities and lessons.
This course provides the opportunity to improve students’ grade profiles and delivers the building blocks for progression.

Course Highlights

Every year is different for this course and what was recently achieved gives an indication for next year:This year we participated in workshops with our local art organisation, TURF Arts, students entered and won a creative competition. We will be using a ‘rotation method’ of lessons to access specialist workshops.

Three-Dimensional Design is the prototyping and making of functional or artistic products. We use our special resistant material workshops to develop creative and practical skills. Student creatives will be challenged to use woodworking and ceramics to create physical artwork and sculptures and to record them through digital photo shoots in our own photography studio.

Fashion Design is a way of applying design and aesthetics for clothing construction and accessories. It is influenced by culture and different trends. We show how to get involved in the design process, learn the impact of fast fashion and how to work towards sustainable practices and apply ‘ideation’ or how to draw fashion sketches. Student creatives will work towards a client design competition in collaboration with Stanley Arts to showcase strengths.

Photography is a way to visually capture a moment in time or else it can be a chosen medium for creative expression. Student creatives will use our traditional developing workshop and specialist photographic studio to develop portrait, landscape, long exposure, and macro photography responses. Experimental developing techniques such as Photograms and Cyanotype are incorporated leading to a competitive portfolio.

Graphic Design is the ability to communicate through visual expression in many ways. We focus on typeface design and application, illustration and printmaking in our specialist silk screen and etching studio. External trips to creative studios and exhibitions allows opportunity to support research for what is the biggest area in creative industries.


Career Opportunities & Further Study
‘Next Steps’ or identifying future pathways and careers runs throughout the course from day one. Student creatives work towards progression to higher level 3 courses from our extensive offer at Croydon College. This is a key feature of unit work especially in term two. Progression could also be to creative apprenticeship or T-Levels in some areas. We offer career fairs, portfolio development and creative work experience. We have a World of Work careers advice hub and guest talks to make that crucial career decision.


Assessment evidence produced is presented and assessed against assessment units consisting of five areas: Investigation, Communication, Practical Skills, Development and Approach. These are graded on a scale of Distinction, Merit, Pass and Unclassified. In order to be awarded a qualification, learners must achieve a minimum of Pass in all assessment criteria for each assessment unit.

Entry Requirements

Four or more GCSE’s grade 4/C or above, one in English or Maths assessed at Entry 3 or above by College assessment.

An art portfolio, containing recent examples of artwork, sketchbooks, photography work or any creative work you have done. This could be both course work and work you have created in your own time.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested

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