What are the aims of this course?
The course is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to progress to degree level study in art and design, or into employment within the growing creative industries in the UK. The course will enable learners to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification framework, and also within the real world by partaking in "live briefs" to give each student experience when working with employers, either in partnerships or on commission-based outcomes. Creating a stimulating, demanding, yet relevant curriculum will develop transferable skills needed to succeed in HE and employment.
What are the areas covered by this course?
What are the areas covered by the course?
Areas of study include:
- Graphics (digital based and traditional)
- Mixed Media
Also personal, professional, theoretical, social and transferable skills will also be developed with the design of each brief, focussing on skills needed to be successful in the competitive and expanding market.
Skills such as:
- Independent enquiry
- Creative thinking
- Team work
- Reflective thinking
- Effective participation
- Problem solving and communication
What qualifications do I need to do this course?
Five GCSEs at Grade C or above, including one in either maths or English
How is the course assessed?
Through internal assessment, and internally and externally moderated against the criteria for each unit.
Which qualification will I be awarded if I successfully complete the course?
The course offers an accredited and certified "jumping off point" at the end of year one should students choose not to progress into year two (Extended Diploma). Students who take this option will be awarded the UAL L3 Diploma. Attendance is 16-18 hours per week, dependant on whether a student needs to achieve a Level 2 in either maths or English.
What will I be able to go on to do after I've completed this course?
Most students who complete the course often progress to HE and a specialist discipline they have chosen to help gain a position of employment in one of the many creative businesses or go self-employed.
What are the career opportunities?
The creative and manufacturing industries are some of the UKs fastest growing industries so there is a constant need to fill current vacancies and the future roles as these industries develop and expand. Jobs such as illustrators, graphic designer, architect, product designer, bespoke gifts, jewellery, design (product and 3D) illustration, fine artists, painter, sculptor, surface designers, textile/fibre artists, bespoke gifts, art handler, agent, archives and library management, audience development, conservation, events management, finance, framing, gallery management, human resources, information technology, lecturer, legal and copyright services, marketing, photography, post-production, project management, public art commissioning, publishing, technician, teaching, touring management and web development.