Product Design and Enterprise BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

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Product Design plays an increasingly important role in the creative industries and develops skills that are very attractive in the employment market. Think Dyson, think Apple, think IKEA; design classics and everyday products come from innovation and exploration of new ways of working and making. On this course you will be encouraged to see yourself as a designer and maker of all that is related to product craft and design.

This course will introduce you to the creative potential of 3D design and creative technologies. We aim to provide you with an experience that balances the development of creativity with the technical skills involved in the realisation of ideas as finished pieces of work…

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Product Design plays an increasingly important role in the creative industries and develops skills that are very attractive in the employment market. Think Dyson, think Apple, think IKEA; design classics and everyday products come from innovation and exploration of new ways of working and making. On this course you will be encouraged to see yourself as a designer and maker of all that is related to product craft and design.

This course will introduce you to the creative potential of 3D design and creative technologies. We aim to provide you with an experience that balances the development of creativity with the technical skills involved in the realisation of ideas as finished pieces of work. The course aims to introduce new designers to the potential of the broad range of skills involved in this area; to support you in your development as ‘makers’ by establishing strong technical, conceptual and visual skills; to expand your knowledge of both contemporary and historical 3D and product design (commercial and art-based); to develop confident questioning; to face the challenges of 3D and Product design in the 21st century; to enable you to successfully progress into Higher Education, or employment on completion of the course. The course has been designed to prepare you for further study and/or employment. Alongside specialist topics you will also work on projects that develop your time management skills, research abilities and factual writing skills. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of creative arts and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work. Many of you tutors are practicing artists and designers bringing current industry practice to the classroom. What you can expect from the team is the following: an enthusiastic and committed team; individual guidance to help you progress and achieve; help with honing your individual strengths; extensive guidance for application to Higher Education; and help with buildinh a varied portfolio of work.

The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your technical and conceptual skills. You will be given assignments to work on at regular intervals throughout the year the teaching team will help guide you through all of the assignment requirements. There are no formal timed exams on this course so all of your work will be assessed as you complete the assignments. The staff will provide you with feedback to help you better understand the processes behind the subject matter. Delivery methods will include practical workshop sessions in the wood, metal, plastics, ceramics and screen printing workshops, classroom-based theory sessions supported by IT, computer-based research and real-world industry situations (freelance work, exhibiting work), educational visits to venues within the UK. There may be the opportunity to a residential trip abroad.

You will be involved in activities that use a broad variety of materials and processes in the studio, as well as in the wood/metal/plastics and screen printing workshops, the ceramics studio and the Digital Zone.

During the first year of the programme students will work towards an Art and Design Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to 1 A level). Successful students will be able to progress onto the second year of the programme where they will work towards either an Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A levels) or Art and Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels). Throughout the duration of the programme students will develop a portfolio of work, design industry knowledge and skills to help them find employment, or support an application for a higher education course. Additional learning and pastoral support is offered through the tutorial system.

Four GCSE grades C or above including English Language and preferably Maths or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma with a Merit profile (or NVQ equivalent)/Higher Diploma and supporting Functional Skills. Details of suggested portfolio content is included on our website. A satisfactory reference is required.

Students who successfully complete the two year programme will be able to progress on to a Degree Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma in a 3D, Craft or Spatial Design related subject. Entry to the industry at a junior level is rare but but some opportunities are available.

nitially you will study for the Subsidiary Diploma and successful students will be invited to study for the Extended Diploma which they will complete in year two of the course.

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