Art, Design and Media Level 1

This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

An active interest in the areas of Art, Design and Media.

Course Information

  • Course Code: AD023
  • Duration: 1 academic year
  • Approved by: University of the Arts London
  • Study Mode: Full time

This Level 1 in Art, Design and Media programme is a one year introduction to the world of Art and Design, intended as a stepping stone to a Level 2 programme. The course is a practical, hands-on experience giving learners the chance to explore different aspects of Art and Design and to develop skills in a range of areas from 2D Painting and drawing to 3D, Ceramics and digital imaging.

What will I study?

This programme includes the following:

  • Digital photography, Digital arts, 3D, 2D, Functional and communication skills.
  • Exploring a broad range of techniques and materials for creative work.
  • Using research techniques to explore different artists and their work to improve and inspire ideas and personal work.
  • Producing individual, personalised work based on a range of subjects such as Print making, Ceramics, Painting and Drawing.
Entry Requirements

This course is aimed at learners who do not have GCSE qualifications at Grade C or above. Successful candidates will provide samples of artwork which demonstrate a keen interest and ability in Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are continuous, with regular feedback given so you know exactly how you are doing. In the final stages of the course you will produce a final major project. This will be set internally and externally moderated. Staff will advise and guide learners through these stages encouraging them to use all the skills they have gained throughout the course.

What can I do next?

After successful completion of the course learners can progress to a UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design or Media and onwards to other higher level specialist areas where appropriate.

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We offer students the opportunity to experience a diverse and exciting visiting lecturer programme that includes Lecturers from Chelsea School of Art and the Saatchi Gallery.

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Our students continually engage with real live projects from local initiatives for Child Action Northwest through to working with national bodies such as The Tate, The Saatchi Gallery and having work published in magazines or shown on TV and at Film Festivals.

You will also have the opportunity to go on residentials to gain inspiration, visit universities and take part in critical artist’s discussions.