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BTEC Award in Art & Design

BTEC Tech Award in Art & Design Practice Level1/2

What is the BTEC Tech Award in Art & Design Practice and why choose to study it?

The Technical award has been developed to give learners at Key stage 4 the opportunity to study a vocational area in the curriculum. The award focuses on developing sector-specific knowledge and technical skills in a practical learning environment. This course is essentially a vocational course, which means there is greater emphasis on a more “hands on” approach.

What will you be doing in BTEC Art & Design Practice?

In this Tech award, you will be learning about a variety of art, design & technical skills and processes through theory and practical application. This vocational course focuses on the purpose of art and design practice and the broader attributes valued in this sector, for example researching, planning, generating ideas, realising intentions, problem solving and communicating, as well as more general skills needed in work that fit well with project-based learning, for example teamwork and independent learning.

How will we be assessed?

The BTEC Technical award in Art & Design Practice is assessed in three components.

  • Component 1 - Generating Ideas in Art & Design (30%)
  • Component 2 - Develop practical skills in Art & Design (30%) are both internally assessed.
  • Component 3 – Responding to a Client Brief (40%) is an externally assessed project, where you will develop a response to a set client brief and produce a designed and made final product.

Is it like the material areas in KS3?

It has a lot of similarities to what you do in in KS3. The award focuses on Art and Design technical skills and practice. This essentially means it is more like the Art material area and Design & Technology multi-materials area combined.

Where could BTEC Technical award take you?

After completing the course, the direct route would be to continue on to further study with the BTEC Level 3 National in Art and Design or an A Level in Art and Design or an apprenticeship. The vocational nature of the course provides students with the foundation to gain transferable skills during their studies such as self-reflection, communication, teamwork and problem solving, which will support their current and future progression in a variety of areas within this sector.