What will I do on this course?
The 90 Credit Diploma consist of 9 units equalling 90 Credits. The units will focus on: Visual Recording Skills, Exploration of Materials, Techniques and Processes, Generating Ideas and Concepts within Art & Design, Exploring communication through Art & Design, Understanding contextual influences and referencing in Art & Design. Specialist units will provide you with technical and creative skills in:
- Digital Art
Although the course does not include any formal English and Maths qualifications, you will work with vocationally relevant projects to help develop and understanding of contextual language and numeracy involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.
Units undertaken on this year are also counted towards the second year (Full Extended Diploma).
The Units are:
- Visual Recording in Art & Design
- Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art & Design
- Ideas and Concepts in Art & Design
- Communication Through Art & Design
- Contextual Influences in Art & Design
- Computers in Art & Design
- Surface Pattern Design
- Information Graphics
- 3D Design Media, Techniques and Technologies
Specialist units will provide you with technical and creative skills in:
- art and design,
- drawing and illustration,
- digital imagery using design,
- fashion, and
- 2D and 3D practices.
You will also write and design your own project within the subject and present your work through an end of year show.
Who is it for?
If you interested in arts, crafts and design, but had very little experience with the subject area then this may be the right start for you. The course is designed for school leavers (16-18) and 19+ learners who wish to develop a career in the visual arts, crafts and design area. It is mainly for school leavers, but can accommodate students who have studied at level 3, including other BTEC diplomas and/or A -Levels. 19+ students, returning to education are welcome to join, but individual circumstances will be reviewed to ascertain if you can claim funding. You will need to be creative and be willing to explore and experiment with different techniques within the subject specialism.
- School Leavers who have studied a creative arts and media programme at GCSE level
- 16-18 students who have studied on A-Level or other Level 3 qualifications
- 19+ Returning to education looking top develop a career in Art & Design.
How Is this course assessed?
Your work will be assessed through written and practical means. You will present the work in sketchbooks, digital blogs and in different practical formats. You will be assessed on your research, development and experimentation and final outcomes. You will have access to a full record of feedback and marks for you to monitor your progress, self assess and reflect on your own practice.
What could I do next?
Progression will be onto the Extended Diploma in Art & Design (second year). This is subject to the successful competition of the 90 Credit Diploma. There are opportunities to switch learning and transfer onto one of our other Extended Diplomas.
- Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing
- Extended Diploma in Graphic Design
- Extended Diploma in Interactive Design
- Extended Diploma in Photography
Some students may choose to leave on completing the 90 Credit Diploma to go into Higher Education (depending on previous level 3 qualifications), find employment or an apprenticeship. The 90 Credit is a valid qualification to help with these progression routes.
You may also wish to progress onto a Foundation Degree or a BA Hons Degree at Higher Education Level. Progression onto our Foundation Degree in Graphic Design with Interactive Multimedia has also been a popular and successful route for past students.
Students have also moved into more specialist areas of study, such as print, painting, illustration, 3D, Digital Art & Animation. There are also routes directly into junior positions within the industry and apprenticeships available.
As part of your tutorial aspect on the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.
The course will require an interview, which will aim to assess your abilities and judge if the level of learning is right for you. We aim to offer all applicants a place where applicable, and can look at enrolment onto a less demanding qualification for those learners who are between levels 2 & 3.
You will be invited to an interview where you will meet staff and see our facilities. If you have a examples of work, please bring it with you to showcase any creative work.
Please bring with you a report from your school if you have one available. At your interview, you will be given an opportunity to discuss your personal progression route and given impartial advice and guidance on how to achieve your goals.
If you cannot attend your interview, you can contact the college to re-arrange. If getting to the college for an interview is not possible, we can arrange a Skype interview - call: 0117 312 5000 / email: firstname.lastname@example.org