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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

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Course Summary

This programme is designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course in Arts, Design, Technology or a related area. It is aimed at those who have GCSE English and Maths but don’t have an Art or Design qualification.

It will also enable you to achieve GCSE English and Maths to grade C/4 if you do not already have those grades. 

Whatever your entry qualifications, you will continue to develop your English and maths skills on the course. 

The Diploma offers an active live brief/work-placement programme in arts, design and related areas. It will also develop your independent learning and transferable skills.

Entry requirements

You will need four GCSEs at grade D/3 or above, or you may be someone who has grade C/4 and above in several subjects, including English and Maths, but have not yet achieved an Art or Design qualification. 

All candidates must have a successful interview and show a portfolio to gain a place.

Course Content

The course encourages your own direction and the final outcome is in an area of your choice. This forms the basis of your Final Major Project.

A lot of activities are based around visual and physical problem solving. Each unit offers a set of particular problems to solve.

The course will challenge you in the development of the formal elements of visual language, such as line, tone, plane and colour, to name but a few. 

You will learn about technical processes, new materials, methods and techniques, then use your creative freedom to produce exciting artwork in areas of your own personal interest.  

You will develop into an effective independent learner, able to manage yourself, your learning, your research and your artwork. You will be expected to experiment, practise and make valuable mistakes to learn from. 

Direct observed drawing from the real world (not pictures) provides a large part of the content and you will be expected to carry out life drawing - ie drawing from the human body.

You will carry out a range of two-dimensional activities/assignments including photographic recording and creative development, painting and graphics, alongside a range of three-dimensional activities/assignments in wood, metal and clay etc.

There are other specialist activities and materials, some of which may be very experimental. Upcycling and sustainable materials are forming an important part of the course.

You will be expected to carry out contextual research relevant to the area that you are studying.

Some of the technical elements of the course will ask you to apply/use maths skills, such as measurement, ratio and proportion, and develop your English comprehension and critical writing skills.  

How will I be assessed?

The Diploma is assessed at the end of each unit. There are eight units on the Diploma, with Unit 8 being graded PASS, MERIT or DISTINCTION. 

 

The work for Unit 8 has to be professionally presented in an end-of-year show for you to achieve the grade. 

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.  

What can I do after this course?

The course is designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course in Arts, Design, Technology or a related area.

 

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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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