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Art and Design


Level 3

Study Mode



1-2 years, depending on study route

Start Date

September 2024

The course

Practical vs Theory


40 %

This course will enable you to bring your creative ideas to life.

You will work on live projects that provide real world design experience, building up a professional, innovative portfolio.

Course Information

  • To provide you with practical and professional skills for the creative sector.

Year 1

  • Visual Recording and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies
  • The Creative Process
  • Graphics Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Materials, techniques and processes
  • Specialist Option Units: 3D Design, Fine Art or Textiles

Year 2

  • Developing an Art and Design Portfolio
  • Developing and Realising Creative Intentions
  • Managing a Client Brief
  • Working to Scale
  • Curating an Exhibition
  • Specialist Option Units: 3D Design, Fine Art or Textiles

You will need four GCSEs at grade 4 or equivalent, including English and Maths. A satisfactory reference is also needed, along with evidence of your Art and Design skills through a portfolio or previous work completed.

You will learn through a range of practical and theoretical sessions, enhanced by guest speakers and a range of visits.

You will normally be in college three days a week.

You will undertake 30 hours work experience.
You will complete assigments for internal assessment, as well as externally assessed exams.
  • Drawing equipment including pens, pencils, rubber, ruler, sharpener, watercolours
  • A digital camera/smartphone is useful for taking photos of your work
  • A laptop or tablet would be useful
  • Sketchbooks
You will be able to progress to study a wide range of creative courses at degree level.
Work as an interior designer, animato, graphic designer, set designer, filmmaker, architect, illustrator, product designer, computer game environment designer and many more.

Careers this course could lead into

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