Course Info

16 - 19
Art & Design
  • creative

Useful Information

  • Mode of study:

    Full Time

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    2 Years

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Course Overview

This BTEC course will help you to decide your chosen art and design specialism in preparation for your future progression. You will explore a wide variety of hands-on creative subjects that will develop and build your natural artistic abilities. You will undertake a range of projects that include, and combine, photography, drawing, sculpture, three-dimensional design, printmaking, textiles and surface design, graphic visual communication, illustration, and painting.

You are encouraged to take an experimental and open minded approach to exploring ideas which challenge and develop creative thinking and making skills. You will be guided about the direction of your work so that you grow in confidence and you will be able to identify your strengths and weaknesses through regular one to one meetings with your tutor. This will enable you to develop your skills and learn quickly, allowing plenty of opportunities for you to achieve your creative potential.

You will be taught by art and design specialists and practitioners who use their breadth of knowledge and experience to support your studies. We have great facilities here at Croydon School of Art; photographic dark rooms, print studio, plaster casting studio, 3D workshop, film studio, drawing studio, many Mac suites, and video and film editing facilities with great technical support.

Please note that the college will provide some materials and equipment whilst you study. However, there is an expectation of additional material costs of approximately £30 per term. Day trips to galleries and other places of interest usually cost between £25-30 within the year. You may be eligible for a bursary and this should cover the cost of equipment.

Good English and maths skills are essential for success in studying and for future employment prospects and so Croydon College ensures that these skills are developed in all learning opportunities.

It’s also important to have good English and maths qualifications and so all students will study English and maths and work towards an appropriate level and type of qualification including GCSE. This will be part of all 16-18 year old students’ Study Programme alongside their main vocational or academic qualification and will be discussed with students at interview.

Course Highlights

You will be taught by a number of practising artists and visiting lecturers and you will have the opportunity to attend trips to galleries and museums, along with talks by professional artists to stimulate your creative potential.

Throughout the year you will be invited to take part in live briefs, such as contributing to Croydon School of Art’s Pop Up Shop and the UNICEF project, with the opportunity to exhibit your work in our own Parfitt Gallery. The end of year show is our biggest event in which we celebrate your success and achievement in a professional environment.

A key distinguishing feature of the college is our links with employers and the ways in which we incorporate this into your learning. Employers attend our popular employability events and you can discuss apprenticeships and progression opportunities in our Employability Hub or in the Apprenticeship Office.

Career Opportunities & Further Study

Completion of this course will enable you to progress on to our Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. This is a one year course that will support your application to university.

Alternatively, you can progress on to employment via an internship or an apprenticeship within the creative arts industry.


You will be assessed through the production of a variety of practice based projects where sketchbook work and final outcomes are graded at pass, merit, or distinction.

Entry Requirements

Four GCSEs at grades 9-4/A*-C; or

A related Level 2 vocational course at Merit or higher (if a pass grade is achieved GCSE grades and/or functional skills results may also be considered); and

A GCSE at grade 9-4/A*-C (or equivalent) in English or Mathematics; or

English and Mathematics assessed at Level 1 or above by College assessment.

Mature applicants may be considered on relevant experience without having the required entry requirements. However, an interview will always be required.

A satisfactory reference may also be requested.

A portfolio of work that shows research into your approach to creative work.

How To Apply

Use the below link to apply for the above course.