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Level: 2

Location: Joseph Wright Centre


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Course Summary

This course provides a broad range of challenging activities and experiences. You will undertake a series of fascinating assignments, real-life projects and visits to museums and galleries, all aimed at helping you to develop your skills and understanding in art and design practice.  

Entry requirements

You need one of the following:
  • Introductory Diploma in Art and Design or other art-related subject
  • A GCSE in an art-related subject at grade D or above.
You should also have a standard of English and maths equivalent to Functional Skills Level 1.
If you are a mature learner, we may be able to take your previous experience in art and design into consideration.  Applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment in English and maths, and must present a portfolio of current work or undertake a related project/task prior to interview to assess their suitability. 

Course Content

You will study:

  • 2D and 3D Communication
  • Contextual Preferences in Art and Design
  • Explore and Develop Art and Design Ideas
  • Produce an Art and Design Outcome

You will also participate in a site-specific, industry-based project in the community.

Alongside your main programme, you will study Functional Skills or GCSE English and/or Maths - as required for future progression to Level 3 or into employment.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment of practical and written work occurs regularly throughout the course.  Functional Skills or GCSE English and Maths will be assessed through a controlled final exam.

Are there any additional costs or specialist equipment required?

You will be required to purchase a basic art and design toolkit costing approximately £25 based on a list provided at enrolment (concessions available subject to status). You will also need a journal or notebook at all times throughout the course.

What can I do after this course?

Further Study
On successful completion of the programme to Merit or Distinction standard – as well as GCSE English to grade C – you can progress to an advanced course such as the Advanced Extended Diploma in Art and Design, via application and portfolio interview.

This course also prepares you for a junior employment position in the art-based industries, with the potential for promotion with the help of further training and qualifications.


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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