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Art, Design and Fashion

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Develop the skills required for a career in the creative industry with this intensive and challenging two-year programme. The first year develops skills in a range of practical and digital art and design subjects, which enable students to select areas to specialise in during the second year.

The units covered include design ideas including visual recording, contextual influences, communication, exploration, and realisation and design methods.

Topics covered may include the following:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • 3D Design,
  • Digital Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Printmaking
  • Art History

Learning will be supported by cultural visits, guest lecturers and research sessions.

Students also complete a skills project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding.

Entry Requirements

Students need to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or equivalent qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.


Students should have a portfolio of work to show at interview. This is usually made up of GCSE or Level 2 coursework but can be work produced independently also.


BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design BTEC National Extended Diploma in Art and Design


Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

Home Study

Homework will be set in class and/or via Moodle, Newbury College's online learning platform. Students are expected to allocate approximately six hours a week on research and homework outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the Learning Resource Centre.

Work Placement

During the course learners will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps learners understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.


Successful learners may progress on to higher education courses such as Art and Design(Graphic Design). Alternatively learners may enter employment or become self employed.

Fees and Additional Costs

At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require learners to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended. Students may also have the opportunity to take part in an overseas educational visit which could cost around £400.

Additional Information

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