Art and Design Level 1 Diploma





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About the course

The diploma introduces you to basic Art & Design practices, skills and techniques. You will have the opportunity to work with interesting and diverse projects whilst gaining a valid understanding of the subject. You will experiment with your ideas, look at the work of other artists and designers and build a creative portfolio. You will be given the chance to develop your skills and self-confidence in a mature, friendly and safe environment. 

The course is broad and allows you to explore a range of art & design disciplines, and help you progress to one of our higher level courses in Creative Arts & Media.

This course is part of a wider study programme, which includes a tutorial and personal development element, work experience opportunities through outside projects and design challenges, development of English and maths skills through embedded activities.

Entry Requirements

Our entry requirements for level 1 is least 2 GCSEs or equivalents at grade E/2 (including maths and English at GCSE or Functional Skills Entry 3). We can also consider successful completion of any Entry 3 or another level 1 vocational qualification.

What will I do on this course?

Specialist units will provide you with basic and creative skills in Art & Design. You will research into a range of artists, 2D & 3D work, surface design, drawing, painting and print making. You will have the opportunity to work on a personal project and showcase your newly developed skills within the subject. You will cover: 

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
  • Stenciling
  • Sculpture
  • Model making

The course runs alongside relevant English and maths qualifications, and through vocationally relevant projects you will develop an understanding of contextual language and maths involved within the subject at industry level. You will also develop your personal presentation, communication and organisational skills. Work experience opportunities are available.

Who is it for?

The level 1 course is designed for students who have an interest in Art&Design, but have little or no experience with the subject, or for those who have little or no qualifications. This course has been designed especially for students who want to develop Art & Design skills. You will gain nationally recognised qualifications whilst doing something you really enjoy and build your confidence in working in the broad subject of Art & Design.

  • School Leavers with GCSE E/2 grades or equivalent
  • Over 19s returning to education (subject to funding - see below in additional costs)
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 different practical formats. You will be assessed on your development and outcomes. There will be portfolio assessment throughout the year, to monitor your progression on course and provide many opportunities to improve your performance. Assessments in English and maths at a level are taken in small groups in classrooms. 

What could I do next?

Successful achievement of a level 1 programme can open up all a range of subject areas to you, even if they are not related to Art & Design. The most common progression from the level 1 Diploma is on to one of our creative Level 2 programmes:

As part of the tutorial aspect of the course, your tutors will work with you to help you in your desired progression route, regardless of what this is.

Additional cost

The course is free to anyone between the age of 16-18. If you are 19-23, there may be funding or concessions available, but this is on a case by case basis. If you are over 24 then the course will not be funded and full fees will apply. Anyone over 19 should contact the College before making an application, so we can provide you with some initial advice and guidance.

There is no formal kit list for consumables, but financial support is available through the Learner Support Fund. Applications can be made through the College's Learner Services team.


The course will require an interview, where you will meet staff and see our facilities. The interview is designed 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.

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.

To find out more, please either call: 0117 312 5000 or email:



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16-18 19+
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