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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

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.


Entry requirements

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.


Course Content

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.



How will I be assessed?

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.


Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

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.


What can I do after this course?


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.


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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot. I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.


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