This intensive course, for those considering careers in art and design, begins with diagnostic study where you develop your skills in research, drawing, making, thinking, problem solving, and working with new materials and processes. You will study and specialise in one of a range of art and design areas, including textiles, fashion, furniture, product, crafts (wood, metal, plastic, ceramics, glass, etc.), interior, jewellery, architecture, theatre, costume, graphics, illustration, animation, photography, film, printmaking, painting, sculpture and fine art. Your studio practice will be supported by contextual studies, and the course will fully support you in your choice and application to further study.
This intensive and exciting course is diagnostic in its first stage, during which you will develop your research and drawing work into a comprehensive range of both two and three dimensional options. You will have a chance to study: Textile and Fashion Design; Furniture, Product and Interior Design, Metal/Wood/Plastics/Ceramics; Theatre and Costume Design; Graphic Design, Illustration, Digital Image Manipulation and New Media; Photography; Printmaking, Painting, Sculpture, Fine Art. This is complemented by work in Contextual Studies, enhanced with field study work and visits to relevant exhibitions. You will be taught by a range of practising designers and artists. The course will fully support and help you prepare a portfolio for HE application or employment.
You must achieve at least five GCSEs grade A*/9 - C/4 in four different subjects, including English Language and/or maths at least grade C/4, or an equivalent Level 2 vocational qualification. You will also need at least GCSE Art or an art related subject grade C/4. You will also need at least one A Level (or equivalent).
You will be formally assessed at half termly points throughout the year. Assessment on this course is a process in which you can learn to make judgements about your achievements. The final major project is externally assessed.
On successful completion you will receive two qualifications:
This course can provide a pathway to universities and colleges throughout the UK, and in specialist subject areas across the spectrum of art and design practice.
Specialist materials and equipment are provided. An estimated maximum cost of £500 should cover your personal expenditure on equipment and materials during the course.