BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

  1. Important update on the availability of Level 3 and Level 4 BTEC Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design (2010)
  2. One or more of these qualifications has expired for new registrations. Please check the last registration date below.

Here you’ll find support for teaching and studying the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Recognised as one of the best courses of its type in the UK for learners at levels 3 and 4, this qualification prepares students for higher education programmes in art and design, developing their confidence in their own ideas, opinions and creativity.
Units offered include
researching, recording and responding in art and design, media experimentation, personal experimental studies, and a final major project.  

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BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design specification
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Qualification type:
BTEC Foundation Diploma
Qualification title:
Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Level:
Level 3
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Guided Learning Hours (GLH):
720
Qualification number (QN):
500/7928/1
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2010
Last registration:
  • 31 July 2020 (England)
  • 31 August 2017 (Wales)
  • 30 September 2020 (Northern Ireland)
Final certification:
  • 31 August 2021 (England)
  • 31 August 2020 (Wales)
  • 30 September 2022 (Northern Ireland)

Pearson BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design specification
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Qualification type:
BTEC Foundation Diploma
Qualification title:
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
Level:
Level 4
Accreditation status:
Accredited
Guided Learning Hours (GLH):
720
Credits:
120
Total Qualification Time (TQT):
1200
Qualification number (QN):
500/7936/0
Availability:
UK and international
First teaching:
2010
Last registration:
  • 31 August 2021
Final certification:
  • 31 August 2023

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We've gathered statements of recognition to support the inclusion of our BTEC Level 3 (QCF) qualifications on the Department for Education's list of vocational qualifications that will count towards the 16-19 performance tables in England in 2016.

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Why BTEC FAD?

Our BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is an internally assessed one-year course for students hoping to progress to higher education in art-related subjects. It focuses on critical awareness, creative abilities, and building a portfolio. A choice of optional units gives you the freedom to tailor the course for your centre and your learners.

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What will I learn?

Our BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is a project-based course that lets you develop your portfolio so you have the best possible chance of getting a place at art college or on a BA or foundation degree. You’ll learn about skills and concepts central to art, design, craft and communication, developing your critical awareness, your creative abilities, and your capacity to explore new ideas.

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