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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 which paves the way to a potential future in the creative industries.

As well as improving your practical skills, you will develop your skills in English and maths, which will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.

Entry requirements

You need to be under 19, have limited achievement at GCSE (grades E-G) and a sound interest in art and design.  All applicants will be interviewed, will undertake an initial assessment of English and maths, and will be encouraged to present examples of current work.

Course Content

Compulsory units include:

  • painting
  • drawing
  • mixed media
  • design crafts
  • fine art
  • surface relief
  • a personal project in 2 or 3 dimensions

You will also study Functional Skills in English and Maths at the appropriate level. This will support your main programme of study, enhance your life skills and help with your future career progression.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment of project work will take place throughout the year, through observation of practical work and the development of a portfolio of art work. Functional 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
The key purpose of this course is to develop your skills and confidence further and to enable you to progress to the next level of study: an Intermediate Diploma in Art and Design or an Intermediate Diploma in Media. It will help you build a portfolio of successful work ready for interview.
This course paves the way to a future career in the creative industries. It represents a first step towards a junior position in art-based industries or – with additional qualifications – more senior roles as a creative professional. 


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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