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100% Progression to Higher Education.
This two-year course is designed for those students who are highly creative and enjoy producing art and design work. The course explores a range of new, traditional and creative ways of using materials, techniques and processes, some of which you may have never experienced before. Over the course of two years you will work in painting, drawing, life drawing, print, design development, sculpture, digital processes as well as contextual studies. There is also the opportunity to explore design disciplines. Our Art & Design course is delivered by highly skilled practitioners, exhibiting at London Design Week, running Crafts Council Funded businesses and selling their own work for private commissions. This is a course that excels in high standards in every aspect.
Following successful completion of this 2-year course you will receive a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, worth up to 168 UCAS points and the equivalent of 3 A Levels. The course is also recognised by employers and apprenticeship schemes.
In Art & Design we work with and support every learner to become a creative individual, offering the opportunity to express and explore personal creative and innovative ideas. As a student here you will be introduced to a variety of media and techniques that will broaden and strengthen your knowledge and understanding within this creative sector. You will develop your own practice as an artist and be encouraged to investigate new ideas and processes. We deliver a curriculum which includes external briefs, gallery visits, artist/designer support and links with local employers. Our students give outstanding feedback on their experience with us and we pride ourselves on ensuring that the support, advice and encouragement we give means learners can progress onto their chosen paths after college.
Outside of your lessons there are opportunities to continue to achieve and succeed by taking advantage of the creative facilities at the college. We have a well-equipped library with a large selection of books ranging from art & design, fashion & textiles, graphics, animation, photography and media, to an exciting range of magazines as used by the industry. You will be involved in the department’s Creative Jam, where you will participate in workshops in different areas led by specialist subject teachers (for example: animation, graphics, photography, media and fashion). This experience will help you to develop as a well-rounded and versatile creative individual, with a wider range of skills in Creative, Digital & Performing Arts. You will have opportunities to visit local, regional, national and international places of interest that will benefit your studies, personal development and wellbeing. These could include museums and art galleries in Manchester and Liverpool, London, Paris and Berlin.
You are required to have 4 GCSE’s grade 9 to 4 including maths and/or English.
A previous art and design GCSE at grade 4 or above (or similar and/or a passion and interest in the subject).
Successful interview with an art tutor (bring a portfolio of your art and design work).
Good verbal and written communication skills.
Good drawing skills are a bonus.
On this course you will receive project briefs that will introduce you to a scenario, question or problem to solve. You will take a creative journey where you will evidence your learning in a variety of ways that could include sketchbooks, digital portfolios, design sheets, 3D or 2D outcomes, artist/designer analysis, experiments, maquettes and presentations. All of these requirements will be supported through specialist workshops, tutorials, advice and guidance, feedback and discussion.
Staff in this area pride themselves on their ability to work with each individual learner to realise their creative potential.
● This course provides a supportive transition from further to higher education within art and design. As this is broad subject of study, the pathways are varied and differ for most of our learners. Some of our learners have progressed onto courses such as; Art History, Art Practice, Art Therapy, Arts Cultural Management, Fine Art, Visual Arts, Contemporary Arts Practise, Photography, Set Design for Film and TV and Art Gallery Studies.
● An Apprenticeship or Degree Level Apprenticeship within the creative industries.
● Following on from university, students enter a range of employment opportunities for example; multiple design fields, photographer, printmaker, set designer, 3D designer, Ceramics designer, enameller, fine artist, art gallery curator, arts administrator, marketing assistant or set designer.