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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Weeks: 10


Start: 02/11/2021

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Interview: Y

Course Summary

This course will provide an introduction for beginners and the opportunity for more advanced creativity in art and design for those wishing to improve their skills and understanding.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements.

Course Content

The course will cover the basics of drawing and painting, with as much development in a personal direction as can be arranged. There will be set activities designed to develop clear spatial skills, to learn about the formal elements of art and design and to set you off in an individual creative direction of your own. Mixed media and three dimensional elements may be a possibility.

How will I be assessed?

There is no assessment, but feedback will be continual through discussion and advice.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?


Some specialist equipment may be required, depending on your individual direction.

What can I do after this course?

The course should prepare you for personal creative enjoyment.

A course such as this would enable you to develop a portfolio of work to present should you wish to begin the process to enter mainstream education.  

Other adult courses, such as the UAL Award in Drawing commencing in January 2021, may be options for you after this course.


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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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