This is a creative two-year course that allows you to discover a wide range of visual arts media. The course develops your creativity, developing your idea generation skills along with practical and technical workshops that include:
- Digital media
- 3D design
- Fine art, mixed media
The two-year course is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points (Triple Distinction*) or 144 UCAS points (Triple Distinction). UCAS have recently changed the UCAS Tariff from September 2017 so they could include more qualifications. The new Tariff points are lower than the original Tariff points but the value remains the same, as universities will just use lower Tariff numbers in their entry requirements than in previous years.
Throughout the course we also deliver a core programme involving drawing, contextual studies and personal professional development.
In year one you will work towards completing set assignment briefs. They will involve contextual research that will be applied to practical workshops to develop your technical understanding. The workshops will inspire and drive your creative ability allowing you to produce a range of individual art and design outcomes.
In year 2 you will be able to build on the core skills learnt in year one, with opportunities to learn more specialist techniques in all workshops. Throughout this year you will get the opportunity to work towards client led project assignments providing you with real life industry experience.
The course finishes with a Summer Exhibition of your independent final project work. Throughout the course you will develop enterprise and presentation skills and be supported to achieve your progression goal, to potential universities, employment or further training.
All of our learners will be given support with their English and Maths skills where relevant to their main course. Those students who have not yet achieved a Grade 4 (or C) at GCSE in these subjects will continue to work towards these important qualifications at a level suited to them. However, students will still have to achieve the stated Entry Requirements before they start the course.
On the Art & Design programme you will make use of all of our industry standard practical workshops to learn a range of processes, including -
Printmaking - Screen-printing, etching, aqua tint, intaglio and lino
Photography - How to use a DSLR, photo editing and studio lighting. Traditional darkroom practice.
Drawing - Core drawing and tonal techniques, including life drawing.
Digital Media - Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and Illustrator.
Fine Art - Watercolours, ink, oil paints and acrylic.
3D - Woodwork incorporating design, plaster, clay and plastics.
Textiles - How to use a sewing machine, fashion design, pattern cutting and textile experimentation.
You will also learn how to structure and deliver presentations and how to build a professional portfolio.
Assessment is throughout the year and includes:
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Practical Demonstration/Assignment.
Five GCSE at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English or Maths and Art, Design and Media or similar; or a Level 2 (First) Diploma in Art, Design and Media at Merit Level or above.
You will also be required to attend an interview to look at your art and design work.
If you are a mature applicant (18+), we would be happy to interview you based on a representative portfolio of your art work.
NB: Enrolment on this course is dependent on meeting the Entry Requirements stated above.
After Your Course
Learners who have completed this programme have the opportunity to progress to university, employment or gain further training.
Learners have progressed to a broad range of degree programmes including Photography at Manchester Metropolitan, Graphic Design at Leeds College of Art, Model Design (Character & Special Effects) at the University of Hertfordshire, Fashion Design at London Metropolitan University.
Learners have also progressed into employment securing work at local companies such as Mint Cake Design, while also being able to progress onto further training within the Art & Design Foundation Studies programme.
Course fees are per year. The current fee information is related to the 2019/20 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2020/21 will be updated in the Spring Term. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/19
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.