This course is validated by: University of the Arts London

Art, Design and Media Level 1

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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Career Options

Advertising Art Director

Art directors or 'creatives' design the visuals for eye-catching advertising campaigns. If you have imagination and a flair for art and design there could be opportunities for you in this career.

You’ll need to be a good communicator and work well in a team. Resilience will help you deal with the feedback you get on your work and give you the ability to work to tight deadlines.

Your creativity and ability in art and design are the most important things to many employers. However, most new art directors have studied design and have an HND or degree in graphic design, advertising design, illustration or fine art.?

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Art Editor

Art editors make sure that magazines look good and are easy to read. They present words and images in a way that appeals to readers and has visual impact.

You’ll need to be creative and have a good understanding of your customers and readers. Great IT skills will help you to complete your work to high standards and in good time for tight deadlines.

There are no set entry requirements to become and art editor. New entrants often have a degree in an art subject. If you have artistic talent and can show employers that you have experience, through a broad portfolio of work, then you could get into this job without a degree. ?

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Fine Artist

Fine artists create original works of art using a variety of methods such as painting, drawing, sculpture, engraving, printmaking or media like computer graphics. If you are a very creative person with original ideas, and you have talent in one or more artistic areas, this job could be for you.

You’ll need a good appreciation of colour and shape. You will also need self-motivation to work alone and the business skills to promote your own work.

Most fine artists have training in art and design, and qualifications like an HND, degree or a postgraduate award. If you are exceptionally talented and can produce work that there is a demand for, you may be able to sell your work without any formal qualifications.

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Art Gallery Curator

Art gallery curators manage collections of paintings and objects. These are usually of artistic and historical interest.

To work in an art gallery you should have a keen interest in art. You should have good organisational skills. You’ll also need strong communication and people skills.

To do this job you would usually need a degree in a relevant subject such as art or art history.?

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Art Therapist

Art therapists help people express difficult thoughts and feelings through creative activities. If you enjoy helping people and you like using your art skills, this job could be ideal for you.

To become an art therapist, you will need to have a non-judgemental attitude. You’ll need to be able to relate to people from all backgrounds. And you’ll need creativity and imagination.

To work as an art therapist you will need to complete a postgraduate course approved by the British Association of Art Therapists (BAAT). You will also need paid or voluntary experience gained from working in areas such as mental health, education, special needs, or social services.

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Art Valuer

Art valuers give advice on how much a piece of art or a collection of art is worth. This might be for people who want to sell, buy or insure artworks. As a valuer, you might value paintings, sculptures, jewellery, china, books and furniture.

To be an art valuer, you'll need excellent communication skills. You'll need to have an eye for detail and good research skills. If you have a passion for history and enjoy working with people, this role could be for you.

You can become an art valuer by starting as an assistant and learning through experience and part-time study. You can also complete a degree in a related subject or join a graduate training scheme with a large auction house.?

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Costume Designer

As a costume designer, you would be responsible for the overall look of the clothes and costumes in theatre, film or television productions. As well as researching and designing costumes, you would often lead a team of people in the costume department. If you have knowledge of fashion and costume history, and want a creative job in film, TV or theatre, this could be ideal for you.

You will need to have excellent design skills, be organised and work to a budget. You’ll also need the ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines.

Many costume designers have a university qualification in costume design or fashion and start as a wardrobe assistant or costume maker. You could also get into this job through an advanced apprenticeship.

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Fashion Designer

Fashion designers design clothing and fashion ranges. As a fashion designer, you could work in high fashion or designer ready-to-wear fashion. You could also work in high street fashion. You would often specialise in particular types of clothing - for example in men’s, children’s or sportswear. If you love being creative and you are passionate about fashion, this job could be perfect for you.

To be a fashion designer, you will need to have a good eye for colour and shape. You’ll need skills like pattern cutting and sewing. You’ll also need to able to spot trends.

You will usually need a relevant degree to do this job. A course that teaches both design and technical skills will give you the knowledge you need to work in the industry.

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Textile Operative

As a textile operative you would work in the production process that turns raw fibres into yarns and fabrics. You would also work on the colouring of textiles and apply finishing treatments.

You will need good practical skills and the ability to concentrate on repetitive tasks.

To get into this career you could contact companies directly about possible vacancies or start by taking an apprenticeship scheme. Previous experience on a production line may be helpful but is not essential.

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Ceramics Designer-maker

As a ceramics designer-maker you will design and create a range of products made from clay. These can include tableware, kitchenware, gifts and decorative items. If you have a creative side and enjoy working with clay in a practical way then this could be a job you would enjoy.

You will need to be able to explain ideas through sketches or computer images and turn these into items. Good communication skills will help you explain your ideas to customers and clients.

Many new ceramics designer-makers have a diploma or a degree in a relevant subject such as 3D design, ceramics or ceramic design.

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You will be based in the new £18.3 million Beacon Centre. In order for you to flourish in the creative field we have invested in brand new facilities such as Apple Mac design suites, spacious studios, industrial sewing machines, screen printing and weaving equipment and our very own in house photography studio and infinity curve.

Enrichment & Employability

We are proud to be one of only 10 colleges in the country to have UAL accredited courses and a progression agreement in place.

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.

We also help many students find relevant part time work to enhance your chance of employment and give you a taste of working in a creative career. 

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.