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This course offers you the opportunity to explore a wide range of career pathways including costume, jewellery, theatrical props and accessories, textiles, interior pieces and handmade bespoke work.

All students receive a broad experience and knowledge in year one, including extensive drawing and manipulation of digital imagery for design, this then becomes focused throughout year two, and is designed to enhance career specialisms within the design and craft industries.

Dedicated tutors, professional in areas of design making, guide students through investigations that develop and extend practical 2D and 3D skills within projects and assignments enabling you to create, promote and sell work.

As part of this exciting journey, you will participate in live briefs and industry-led assignments and have the opportunity to visit working design studios and craft centres as well as cities rich in creativity such as London, Venice and Barcelona.

You are also encouraged to find ways to sell your work and develop business skills invaluable for your future career.

Duration: Two years
Entry requirements: A minimum of four GCSEs A*-C including maths and English minimum D plus a portfolio of work.
Final grades from the BTEC will give the following maximum UCAS point score of:168
Additional Study
You can also study an A-Level in Textiles, English Language or Psychology alongside this course (you will need 5 GCSEs A*-B and maths and English minimum C to do this)

*English Language and Psychology availability is subject to course timetable. Please see BTEC Extended Diploma + 1 A-Level entry criteria for eligibility.

Successful completion of the course will give you the qualifications and skills required to progress on to a range of degree courses or to go directly into industry.
  • Interior Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Set Designer
  • Applied Artist
  • Costume Designer
  • Textile Artist
  • Ceramicist
  • Teacher
  • Designer/Maker