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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 35

Hours: 6.00

Start: 13/09/2021

Days / Times:

Interview: N

Course Summary

Please do not apply for this course if you will be 16 or older in September 2022. This course is part of our Pre-16 Provision and is only accessible if your school has agreed to fund the placement during Years 10 and 11.

The BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Art and Design Practice (603/3073/9)* has been developed to provide students with the technical knowledge and skills needed within the world of art and design.

Students will have the opportunity to express different artistic ideas using a range of techniques and explore the different opportunities available in this fast-growing industry. If you enjoy creating images or objects, either physically or digitally, and solving problems in a creative way then this could be the course for you.

Students will have the chance to learn in our specialist art studios with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities used for print making, photography, ceramics, 3D design and textiles.

This course is delivered over two years, starting in Year 10, and students will study at the Joseph Wright Centre one day a week.

*qualification featured on the DfE KS4 Performance Tables

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements: you just need a strong interest in art and design.

You will be assessed during the first term at College to ensure this is the most suitable course for you, with fall-back options available.

Course Content

You will need to complete three mandatory units:

  • Generating ideas in art and design – investigate an area of art and design practice of interest to you and explore the work of different artists and professionals within that area. You will develop key research and analysis skills by exploring ideas and influences.

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Develop practical skills in art and design – develop your practical skills through application and review by learning how to express your ideas in different ways using various materials and digital tools and exploring new techniques

Weighting: 30% of the course

Assessment: Internal

  • Responding to a client brief – develop a response to a client brief and produce an appropriate piece of art and design work based on the client’s needs

Weighting: 40% of the course

Assessment: Externally assessed task

How will I be assessed?

Students will be assessed through a mixture of internal assignments and externally assessed tasks.

All three units must be successfully completed to gain this qualification.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

Some costs may be incurred if you choose to use very specialist materials in your work that we don't routinely stock. You will be required to supply your own writing materials.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

Upon completion of the qualification, and depending on the grades achieved and other qualifications gained, students may wish to progress to:

  • The Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design
  • The Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design
  • An apprenticeship programme at Level 2 or 3
  • A-levels

You will be able to access advice and guidance while studying at the College to learn more about the post-16 opportunities available for you.


Further study can lead to a variety of careers, including:

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Fashion designer
  • Advertising agent
  • Animator
  • Photographer
  • Interior designer

For more information, email the 14-16 team at 14-16@derby-college.ac.uk

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*** Co-Tuition - This figure is the fee to be paid if you are entitled to any partial concessions.

This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Richard Mylemans

Richard Mylemans

Creative Practice foundation degree broadens music student’s skills

Guitarist and drummer Richard Mylemans has found that studying on Derby College’s Creative Practice foundation degree has stretched his interpretation of what music is.
Richard, who is 20 and from Allestree, likes the way the full-time course brings together different strands of the creative arts, teaching him about more than music.
The foundation degree, at the College’s Joseph Wright Centre, is designed to promote collaboration among arts students and broaden their skills.
Richard said: “At the moment I’m completing a digital technology assignment. It’s about how how digital technology assists us in the recording studio and how it’s used in editing and producing sounds. Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.”
In another example of how the various subject strands complement each other, Richard drew on both his artistic and musical talents to make a poster and produce an audio piece for an events planning assignment. 
Richard is not sure yet what he wants to do after college but is pleased to be among the first cohort of students on the new foundation degree, which is validated by the Open University.
He started learning the guitar at school but also took up drumming after a friend gave him a one-off lesson on the drums. Richard initially came to Derby College to study level 2 music then moved on to level 2 creative media then level 3 music.
He added: “I’m not in a band but I have played guitar with my uncle and cousin at charity and charity gigs. I’ve also played a few gigs at college as part of my course assignments and tasks.
I’d say my music choices are down to what mood I’m in but if I had to choose a favourite, I’d say rock’n’roll.”

Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.


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