The UAL Level 1 in Art, Design and Media provides opportunities for you to gain a nationally recognised vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in the art and design sector or to progress to further education vocational qualifications such as the Level 2 UAL in Art and Design, other related courses, an apprenticeship or employment.
You will need a profile of three grade 3s at GSCE or the equivalent. You may, however, have a limited qualification profile and therefore you will be expected to attend an interview to present a portfolio of art, design and digital-based work which will show your creative flair.
There are two units over the year and two pathways are offered: Art and Design and Digital Media.
Unit 1: Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills in Art and Design
Explore a range of materials and processes used in art and design to develop your skills and gain experience and knowledge of what can and might be achieved.
Unit 2: Introduction to Contextual Research in Art and Design
Explore the work of others, movements, cultures and new technologies and how that may affect or influence your own work and ideas.
As part of your study programme, you will be studying maths and English at either Functional Skills or GCSE level. Alongside this, you will also be participating in some work experience with local industries.
You will take part in different projects to complete coursework which will then be assessed. To achieve a Pass, you must achieve all of the criteria listed.
If there are circumstances that have led to some of the work being absent, you may receive a referral where you may re-submit your work within ten working days.
If you do not meet all, or any, of the criteria within the time allowed, you cannot pass.
You will create a portfolio of practical and theoretical evidence. Both units are internally assessed: there are no externally set exams for this qualification.
The course requires a studio fee of £25.00. This also provides you with a sketchbook and a basic tool kit. You will be expected to buy materials/tools to replace or improve your kit. There will be money required for trips too.
You could progress to one of our Level 2 Art and Design courses or a Level 2 qualification in a wide range of other areas.
Peak Award winner Jamie Holmes showed there are no barriers to success if you have genuine creative talent. Profoundly deaf, Jamie joined the College from the Royal School for the Deaf and was supported by a signer throughout his studies.
He excelled on his Art and Design Diploma, specialising in fashion and textiles, and now has a place studying Textile Design at Huddersfield University – with his sights set on a future career in the creative industries. At our 2014 Peak Awards, Jamie won the Visual Arts prize, sponsored by Maber Associates Ltd, for his determination and willingness to improve.
When I first started at College, I was really lacking in confidence but I had so much help and support that I really found myself and I am looking forward to making the most of university.