BTEC Art & Design

Why should I study art and design?

Pupils studying BTEC Art and Design develop visual perception and understanding along with creative, imaginative and practical skills in a range of areas. They develop visual literacy and an appreciation of the richness of our cultural heritage through practical and critical responses to achievements in art, craft and design.

The creative industries are one of the fastest growing industries in the world, but whether they decide to work in this sector or not, pupils studying art will develop crucial skills in collaboration, cooperation, decision-making, leadership, communication and problem solving while working with others. They will become more self-confident, self-disciplined, persistent and knowledgeable about how to review and improve their work to a high standard.

Those studying art learn how to express their feelings, communicate their ideas, explore new things and use their imagination, as well as developing a cultural and historical understanding of the arts. Studying art helps a pupil to develop a positive work ethic, empowering them to celebrate their achievements and love of life-long learning.

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Do you have to do much writing in BTEC Art and Design?

Yes. You would be expected to write evaluations about your own work as well as research and write about the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers. Also, it is good practice to annotate your sketchbook, explaining the design process and the stages in the development of your ideas.

How will I be assessed?

There is not an exam in BTEC Art and Design. All of your marks are generated from the four units of work you produce over the two-year course. This means the work you produce in every lesson is important and could determine your final grade.

The coursework is broken down into four units which will be completed over the two year course:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to specialist pathways in art and design
  • Unit 2: Creative project in art and design
  • Unit 3: Communicating ideas in two dimensions
  • Unit 4: Communicating ideas in three dimensions

The grades range from lowest to highest as follows: Level 1 PASS, Level 2 PASS, Level 2 MERIT, Level 2 DISTINCTION.

What topics/projects do we study?

Units 1,3 and 4 can be decided by the school and will vary year by year but are always quite broad. This year the projects are Natural Inspirations and Architectural Environment. Unit 2 is set by the exam board, which is Edexcel.

What are the next steps?

Should you wish to choose BTEC Art and Design, you will need to have been recommended for the general pathway and can therefore add it as the main choice in the Option 1 box. If you have any further questions about this course, please contact our Head of Creative Arts, Mrs Tristham, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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