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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1


Course Summary

This programme is designed to prepare you for a Level 3 course in arts, design, technology or related areas.

It will also enable you to achieve GCSE English and/or Maths to grade C/4.

The course has an active live brief/work-placement programme in arts, design and related areas and it will develop your independent learning and transferable skills.

Entry requirements

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

You might have a Level 1 qualification in Art and Design.

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

Course Content

The course encourages you to take your own artistic direction and the final outcome is in an area of your choice.

A lot of activities are based around visual and physical problem solving. 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 are 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 will also be other specialist activities and use of materials, some of which may be very experimental. Upcycling and sustainable materials are forming an important part of the course.

You are expected to carry out contextual research relevant to the areas  you are studying.

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

How will I be assessed?

The Award is assessed at the end of each unit and there are two units for the Award.

Your work will, however, be under constant assessment and direct feedback will be given to you in discussions and on assessment feedback sheets and action plans.

Each unit is assessed when it is completed, and it is at this point that you will get your 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 to advance to Level 3 in Arts, Design, Technology or a related area.


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Richard Mylemans

Richard Mylemans

Creative Practice foundation degree broadens music student’s skills

Guitarist and drummer Richard Mylemans has found that studying on Derby College’s Creative Practice foundation degree has stretched his interpretation of what music is.
Richard, who is 20 and from Allestree, likes the way the full-time course brings together different strands of the creative arts, teaching him about more than music.
The foundation degree, at the College’s Joseph Wright Centre, is designed to promote collaboration among arts students and broaden their skills.
Richard said: “At the moment I’m completing a digital technology assignment. It’s about how how digital technology assists us in the recording studio and how it’s used in editing and producing sounds. Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.”
In another example of how the various subject strands complement each other, Richard drew on both his artistic and musical talents to make a poster and produce an audio piece for an events planning assignment. 
Richard is not sure yet what he wants to do after college but is pleased to be among the first cohort of students on the new foundation degree, which is validated by the Open University.
He started learning the guitar at school but also took up drumming after a friend gave him a one-off lesson on the drums. Richard initially came to Derby College to study level 2 music then moved on to level 2 creative media then level 3 music.
He added: “I’m not in a band but I have played guitar with my uncle and cousin at charity and charity gigs. I’ve also played a few gigs at college as part of my course assignments and tasks.
I’d say my music choices are down to what mood I’m in but if I had to choose a favourite, I’d say rock’n’roll.”

Our course content is good. It looks at other fields, in this case computer technology, and how they work with the creative arts.


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