About The Course
This course is for those wanting to develop their art skills further through a wide range of art and design mediums. In Year 1, our students are introduced to the design process through a series of exploratory sessions and practical projects. Our students then apply their skills to design projects that cover graphics, textiles, photography and 3D.
These projects are underpinned with an insight into the work of artists and designers which develops students understanding of design principles and enabling the skills to visualise their ideas. In the second year, students choose technical pathways and build a portfolio for university applications or entry into industry. The study programme culminates in an Art Show open to the public.
You will learn through a combination of workshops, practical/theory sessions, lectures, practical assignment work and regular reflective practice.
Five GCSEs or equivalent at grade 4 or above, including English and an art-related subject (or a strong portfolio of creative work).
- Progress to higher education, employment or apprenticeship.
- Approximately 45% of students enter higher education at the end of an extended diploma.
Some example units include:
- Graphics, techniques and technology
- Fine art, drawing and expressive mark-making
- Experimental photography
- Textiles and fashion visualisation
- Design for advertising
- Small and large-scale 3D
At the interview, you will be asked to provide a portfolio of previous and current artwork that includes annotated studies of artists, mediums or techniques. There is a ‘studio fee’ payable at enrolment, this covers the cost of day-today specialist materials (e.g. inks, plaster, papers etc.) used during the exploratory stages of the study programme. You will also be asked to provide your own a toolbox and basic art materials.
- Level 3 90 Credit Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design (Year 1)
- Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design (Year 2)
This course is very practical. Coursework is currently internally assessed. We assess in a variety of ways including sketchbook work, annotations, portfolio building, Q&A’s, presentations, video work and practical outcomes.
Our Level 3 students undertake two week’s industry placement during the December of their second year. You will be well-prepared to go out into the world of work through seminar exploration and skills development sessions and to a destination suited to your individual progression. You will also get to work on live projects with cross-college departments and external clients as part of our professional development sessions. We also invite visiting speakers to meet with you and to run specialist workshops.