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Level: 1

Location: Joseph Wright Centre

Years: 1

Interview: Y

Course Summary

This programme provides opportunities for you to gain a nationally recognised and vocationally specific qualification to enter employment or an apprenticeship in the art, design and media sector. It also paves the way to other vocational qualifications in further education such as the Level 2 UAL in Art and Design.

You will participate in a variety of art, design and media-based projects which are both practical and theoretical. Developing an individual style and approach is encouraged.

Entry requirements

You will need a profile of three grade 3s at GSCE or the equivalent. A creative or digital GCSE would be beneficial. You may, however, have a limited qualification profile due to personal circumstances.

You will attend an interview with a portfolio of art, design and digital-based work which will show your creative flair.

Course Content

There are two units over the year and two pathways are offered: the Art and Design pathway or the Digital Media pathway.

Unit 1 Introduction to Materials, Processes and Technical Skills in Art and Design

You will explore a range of materials and processes used in art and design to develop your skills and gain experience and knowledge of what can and might be achieved.

Unit 2: Introduction to Contextual Research in Art and Design

You will explore the work of others, movements, cultures and new technologies and how that may affect or influence your own work and ideas.

As part of your study programme, you will be studying maths and English at either Functional Skills or GCSE level. Alongside this, you will also be participating in some work experience with local industries.

How will I be assessed?

Both units are assessed through coursework and project work. This could include working with others and employability skills such as presenting your work to others. The two units are graded as pass or fail.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

The course requires a studio fee of £25. 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. Support can be provided with meeting these costs through our Welfare Team (subject to eligibility).

What can I do after this course?

Further Study

There is a variety of progression routes from the Level 1 programme. In the main these would be Level 2 programmes within the Creative/Digital faculty to include: Art and Design, Creative Media, Media, Music, Performing Arts, Games Development and Fashion Business. 


The study of Art and Design could lead to a range of careers in a variety of industries, including graphic design, architecture, product design and games, or as a freelance practitioner in the creative industries.

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James Radford

James Radford

Designs on a career in the creative industry

Former Media Studies learner James Radford is revelling in his first job with a creative agency. He has secured a role as a Production Assistant with Derby based Matchstick Design.
His main responsibility is to help ensure smooth work flow in the studio – taking briefs, dealing with suppliers and seeing jobs through to delivery. He’s also preparing images for use in wide ranging projects and assisting with research.
With further experience, he aims to take on a more senior role on the creative side of the business.

It’s my first job and I’m sure my time at Derby College helped me to get it. My studies gave me skills, confidence and knowledge of film, which helped a lot. I would definitely recommend the Media Studies course to other people interested in a career in the creative industry. It was the right choice for me: the standard of teaching was good and we covered the subjects I’m most interested in.


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