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