This is a creative two-year course that allows you to discover a wide range of visual arts media. It is equivalent to 3 A-Levels and is worth up to 168 UCAS points. The course develops your creativity, developing your idea generation skills along with practical and technical workshops that include: - Printmaking/ Illustration - Graphic Design - Craft - Digital Media/ Animation - Fashion/ Textiles - 2D & 3D Fine Art - Photography - 3D Design Students learn through a process of primary research, including residential visits to London galleries and exhibitions, Manchester and Liverpool, and locally within their own community, as well as secondary sources. Initial ideas are taken into workshops, seminars, developmental studio work and experimental practical processes.
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 in a variety of different art and design specialisms. 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 your chosen art and design specialism. 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. You will also learn how to structure and deliver presentations and how to build a professional portfolio.
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. Assessment is through on-going continuous assessment of unit work leading to a final major project achieved at Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. 168 UCAS points (Distinction) or 120 UCAS points (Merit) or 72 UCAS points (Pass).
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 University of the Arts London. 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.
The fee displayed is the course fee. Course fees are per year for full-time courses and per course for part-time courses.
There may be other costs associated with this course e.g. kit, equipment, books, trips etc. Financial support may be available to support you with these. See the Student Money pages for more information.
The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2022/23 academic year.
Level 3-6 Courses
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19 or over 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.
You may qualify for financial support to cover the cost of a Level 3 qualification if you do not already have a Level 3 qualification (this will depend on the course & your age on 31/08/22).
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.
The fees displayed are for the 1-year AS-Level course. If you would like to progress onto the full A-Level, please contact us for the cost of the second year as it will be different.
16-18 year olds
There are no course fees if you were aged 16-18 on 31/08/22, and are not studying at another institution.