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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme is designed to prepare you for future study in art and design. It offers a broad-based curriculum where you can explore your creativity within a supportive environment. You will experience a wide range of art and design subjects while achieving a recognised qualification for a potential future within the creative industries.

As well as improving your practical skills, you will develop your skills within English and maths - typically at Functional Skills level, but with some students studying at GCSE level. This will in turn support your main study programme, enhance your life skills and help your future career plans and progression. You will also undertake a creative work placement which covers approximately 40 hours of study.

Entry requirements

You will need to be under 19, have limited achievement at GCSE and have a sound interest in art and design. All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment of English and maths, and are encouraged to present a portfolio of art and design based work.

Course Content

The UAL Award comprises two units:

Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and skills in art, design and media

Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art, design and media

How will I be assessed?

Both units are coursework assessed. Students will also need to present a final portfolio of evidence to an external moderator. 

Students will also study Functional Skills English and Maths at the appropriate level.

Some students may resit English or Maths GCSE if they have gained a D/3 at a previous place of study.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic art and design toolkit. This can be purchased at the College with a subsidised price, based on a list provided at enrolment.

What can I do after this course?

The key purpose of this course is to develop your confidence and wider life skills. The progression route would be to a Level 2 and Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design. Previous students have also progressed to further courses running alongside Art and Design such as Digital Creative iMedia, Media, Fashion Retail, Business or ICT.

There is the potential for you to pursue careers in fields such as Fine Art, Ceramics, Fashion Design, Illustration, 3D Design, Textile Design, Architecture, Theatre Design, Photography and Graphic Design.


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This course is run at the Joseph Wright Centre

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Jamie Holmes

Jamie Holmes

Weaving a success story in textile design

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.
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