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Level: 3

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 2

Adult Loan Amount: 8583.00****

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Course Summary

The Advanced Level 3 Art and Design pathway has been specifically designed for students wishing to study a single creative subject plus work experience, tutorial and personal and professional development.

The qualification is designed for students aged 16 years or over who have already achieved GCSE grade 4 [C] in both English and Maths and who have an interest in the visual arts.

The Art and Design pathway provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to Advanced Level 3 Higher Foundation Studies, higher education, employment or an apprenticeship.

It provides an opportunity for those who have an interest in the visual arts to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure which is stimulating and demanding and which provides a supportive transition from further to higher education.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have at least five GCSEs graded A*- C, including English Language and Maths. Alternatively you may have equivalent intermediate qualifications at Merit grade or above, along with GCSE grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.

Importantly a university application will probably require five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including both English Language and Maths GCSE at grade 4/C or above.

In addition to these entry requirements, you may be asked to attend a taster activity where your practical skills and potential will be assessed.

Course Content

The course is generally delivered over one year and will enable you to develop a practical portfolio of work that could support progression into a range of higher education courses or employment.

While on the course you will have the opportunity to develop your critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work. In addition, you will research, analyse and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop practical creative solutions.

In addition to improving your practical and theoretical knowledge, you will have the opportunity to develop your English and maths skills. There is also the option to access further GCSE English to improve your grades, enhancing your life skills and future career progression chances.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of practical and written work occurs regularly throughout the course.  The outcome of the course is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject.  This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources.  However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials.  You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
Following successful completion of the Advanced Diploma, most students will progress to the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design, or the Advanced Level 3 Higher Foundation Studies - Art and Design.

Careers
You can also consider a wide range of potential careers in art, design or the creative leisure industry.

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John Hancock

John Hancock

Foundation degree in Creative Practice offers nice content mix

Derby College’s new foundation degree course in Creative Practice provides the ideal content mix, says student John Hancock, who loves making art and music.
 
John, aged 20 from Etwall, is pleased to be among the first students on this unique full-time programme, which is validated by the Open University.
 
The course is designed to help participants develop their technical and creative talents then to use these skills to collaborate with other students from different disciplines.
 
John added: “The foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work.
 
On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too – painting on canvas – that sort of thing.
 
If you’re going to  record music then there’ll be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.”
 
John, who previously took Art and Design level 2 and Music levels 2 and 3 at Joseph Wright Centre, said it was also “a huge advantage” to be taught by College staff who already know him and the way that he works.
 
John added: “Our lecturers are fantastic. They’re always on hand to offer support.”
 
He now plans to go on to take the one-year level 6 top up with Derby College to gain a full BA Hons degree.
 
John is not sure yet which area of the arts to focus on when he graduates but said his degree will give him options.

The foundation degree allows us to be free with our ideas but at the same time it provides structure and discipline. We have to produce reports and portfolios of our work.


On my course I write and record songs but I also make visual art too – painting on canvas – that sort of thing.


If you’re going to  record music then there’ll be some visual aspect to that too and this course gives you the opportunity to engage in the whole creative process.

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