Pearson BTEC Level 1 Introductory Certificate in Art and Design


Designed for learners who may be ready to progress quickly to further study, the Certificate offers a basic introduction to the art and design sector.
You will study modules such as:
  • Creating an Art Image
  • Creating Prints
  • Developing a Personal Progression Plan

This is an exciting opportunity for learners who have an interest in Art and Design, but do not have any formal qualifications, to experiment with creative methods. 

The purpose of the qualification is to develop the transferable skills, attributes and behaviours needed for learners to progress to further study and ultimately to employment. The qualification is designed to be delivered in an applied way, bringing together appropriate content with practical and technical skills.
As a Level 1 qualification, the pass standard requires learners to complete routine, simple and directed tasks by applying their knowledge and skills.
This qualification prepares learners for further learning at a higher level in art and design.

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, you may find it helpful if you have an Entry level qualification. 

Evidence of interest in art, in the form of a sketchbook or a portfolio of work or images of artwork you have done.

If you do not hold a maths or English qualification, you will be expected to study these alongside your course.

Assessment is based on your project coursework and is continuous through each unit.

To be awarded the NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Art and Design, you must complete the following units.

Unit 1:  Experiment with Art and Design Ideas and Techniques.

Unit 2: Complete a Final Art and Design Project.

Unit 3: Create Art and Design Work Using 2-Dimensional Techniques.

Unit 5: Create Art and Design using Mixed Media Techniques.

Learners who succeed in completing the NCFE Level 1 Art and Design Certificate may have the opportunity to progress onto or NCFE L2 Art and Design program.

Most materials are provided for learners, however, you should arrive with a pencil case with basics including pens, pencils, pencil sharpener and eraser.

You will be expected to work in your own time (homework) as part of the course.


You will work individually and with your peers in a professional studio environment. You will learn team building skills, independent learning skills and studio management skills as part of your course.

There will be opportunities to visit galleries and other creative settings as part of your studies.

As part of the course, you will work with professional artists and designers enabling you to transfer your skills to real life industry work experiences. You will learn about how to display your work as part of an exhibition in an end of year show.

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