By T. De Smet, Head of Senior School

Why should a student consider taking Art & Design?

A BTEC International Level 3 Art and design is a great choice for students looking for ways to express themselves. The course covers all art forms, from fine to digital, providing students with a broad base of understanding and plenty of opportunities to find their own style. It fosters creativity, imagination and confidence: skills that are transferable to every other subject on the school curriculum, and critically, are indispensable in a wide array of jobs.

Key features

  • a two-year, full-time study programme
  • 100% internally assessed – all assessments are assessed by the RBIS Art & Design teacher and verified by Pearson.
  • Different modules – the content is divided into 2 modules, to allow deep and integrated delivery of content. Skills are developed through these modules and synthesised through projects, producing outcomes for assessment.
    • Module A: Exploring and developing Art and Design skills
      The fundamentals covered in this module will enable students to take ownership of their projects. They will explore ways of informing ideas, understand and develop solutions to creative challenges, acquire technical skills and develop professional practice and communication skills. They will develop these underpinning skills practically through producing work, experimenting with a range of ideas and technical practices.
    • Module B: Advancing creative practice
      Through this module, students will gain a better understanding of the art and design industry and will continue to advance and refine their technical skills and ability to respond creatively to industry briefs. They will engage in activities such as technical workshops, projects, practical sessions, seminars, visits, talks from guest speakers and employer engagement.
  •  Highly practical and progression focused – all assessment is holistic, based on portfolios of work. Evidence is generated through practical projects, briefs, workshops and engagement with the art and design industry. This prepares learners for progression to employment in the art and design industry through the development of portfolios and materials for progression.

Will it give students access to universities around the world?

BTEC International Level 3 qualifications are recognised internationally by governments, industry and higher education. They allow learners to progress to the workplace – either directly or via study at a higher level. Over 100,000 BTEC learners apply to university every year. Their Level 3 BTECs, either on their own or in combination with A Levels, are accepted by UK and international universities, and higher education institutes for entry to relevant degree programmes.

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