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Art and Design Level 1

Programme Description



This is an introductory course where workshops help you build your confidence and understanding of art and design. 

You will experiment with a range of materials and ways of working to express and develop your ideas. Working in groups gives you an opportunity to build friendships and engage with others to explore a range of new and exciting art and design mediums. The aim of the course is to enable you to produce a body of creative work whilst developing your creative and personal skills along the way.

The majority of students use this course as a stepping-stone to a level two Diploma in Art and Design, though others may choose alternative study pathways or full-time employment. 


Programme Features



A central element of the course is problem solving by working through exciting tasks, taking risks, experimenting and developing new ideas. 

Stimulating and demanding projects will challenge you to think about how and why you make art work. 

Studio and library discussions with your tutors and peers will give you a chance to look at the work of other artists and designers, which in turn will give you the confidence to talk about your own work.


Progression & Employment



This is an introductory course, where workshops help you build your confidence and understanding of art and design. 

You will experiment with a range of materials and ways of working to express and develop your ideas. 

Working in groups gives you an opportunity to build friendships and engage with others to explore a range of new and exciting art and design mediums. The aim of the course is to enable you to produce a body of creative work whilst developing your creative and personal skills along the way.

The majority of students use this course as a stepping-stone to a level two Diploma in Art and Design, though others may choose alternative study pathways or full-time employment. 


Programme Content



The level one Diploma Art, Design and Media course consists of eight units which cover a variety of art, design and media subjects, including 2D, 3D and time-based work, research, contextual awareness, creative development skills and progression skills.

This course also includes Essential Skills plus a Welsh language unit and employability skills.


Programme Assessment



All units are internally assessed and internally verified with the exception of the final major project, which is externally moderated by UAL. 

All unit assessment is of the student’s portfolio work, in addition to this the final major project unit also culminates in an assessed exhibition.


Programme Entry Requirements



All applicants will need to bring a portfolio of art, craft, and design work to their interview. Suitability for this course will be assessed at interview.

An applicant for the level one course will need to have suitable literacy, communication and creative skills.

No formal entry requirements are needed however we would encourage learners with no previous qualifications or experience to complete the Fresh Start introduction course to the college before level one in order to develop suitable literacy, communication and creative skills.

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Additional Costs



There is a £50 studio fee for this course which will provide basic materials for you to develop practical work within our workshop and studio facilities. However, it is likely that you will incur additional costs for specialist materials. 

 All learners are required to pay an administration fee of £45 prior to enrolment.

You will need to provide your own stationery and may also incur costs if the department arranges educational visits.