Amersham: This is a two-year course for students interested in a career as an Artist, in a range of industries such as print, design and illustration. The course comprises of 13 unites which are assessed through coursework. These units are presented to the students as a series of projects focusing on a wealth of skills within art and design.
Aylesbury: This is a two-year course, equivalent to three A-levels, which will allow progression to University and the workplace.
This is designed for students who have an interest in the more traditional aspects of art and design. You will develop a diverse portfolio of creative work involving printmaking and mixed media techniques. From screen-printing, illustration, textiles and 3D Sculpture, the course aims to develop you to become a whole creative who is able to produce work in a variety of creative mediums with the skills expected by future employers and higher education.
This course has been designed to provide the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress to degree-level study in a variety of areas in art and design, or into employment. It provides an opportunity to explore, develop and test their creativity within a qualification structure that is stimulating and demanding and provides a supportive transition from further to higher education, an apprenticeship or a junior role in the creative industries.
What will I learn?
Amersham - The Art & Design Pathway consists of projects that explore a variety of contemporary art skills including both traditional and digital media. An emphasis is placed on research, development of strong ideas in sketchbooks and the use of the colleges art and design facilities to produce sophisticated final designs. All assessment, including final assessment, is based on course work. A regular programme of trips ensures that students visit major art galleries and other places relevant to their project work, for example the V&A, Tate Modern and Eden Project. As part of their course, students are expected to undertake work experience. Themes within the course consist of Printmaking, Illustration, Visual Communication and Contemporary Art Practices, covering a range of topics that reflect todays society. We use a range of mixed media in both 2D and 3D formats.
This course has a 98% success rate 10% above the National Average for students doing this type of course and last year over 50% of students went on to study at Higher Education level at some of the top Universities in the country. Many students go on to have a career as an artist in industries such as fine art, photography, illustration, visual communication, printmaking and branding.
Art and Design is part of the Creative portfolio of courses at the Amersham Campus. The area has achieved outstanding status 5 times and has always been positively recognised as a key player in the creative industries among its peers.
Aylesbury - The qualification helps students to develop a creative and effective working methodology to react positively and creatively across a range of assignments and creative activities. You will develop a diverse portfolio of creative work . The course aims to develop you to become a whole creative who is able to produce work in a variety of modern creative mediums with the skill expected by future employers and higher education. Practical work includes simulated briefs and course-related visits. You need to be able to work independently and you are required to carry out approximately 15 hours of homework a week.
In the second year of the extended programme, you will be able to improve upon the skills developed in the first year through specialist briefs with industry lead outcomes.
- Amersham: Illustration
Amersham: Visual Communication
Amersham: Mixed Media
Amersham: Fine Art
Aylesbury: Print & Mixed Media - Mixed Media
Aylesbury: Print & Mixed Media - Printmaking
Aylesbury: Print & Mixed Media - Illustration
Aylesbury: Print & Mixed Media - 3D Sculpture
Aylesbury: Print & Mixed Media - Textiles
How will I be assessed?
The course is 100% coursework.
A minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English Language and Maths.
Alternatively we will accept a full Level 2 qualification at Merit grade or above providing English Language and Maths have been passed. All applicants must bring a portfolio of work to their interview.
Progression & Career Opportunities
You could continue onto a Foundation Degree or BA Degree in this vocational area or in related sectors.
This course has a 98% success rate, 10% above the National Average for students doing this type of course and last year over 75% of students went on to study at Higher Education level at some of the top Universities in the country.
Many students go on to have a career as a Artist in industries such as architecture, tattooing, graphic design, illustration and printmaking.
This course is designed to allow you to enter positions in the Creative Industry with a skillset that will enable you to work effectively and creatively.
After you complete your application, you will be invited to interview to present some of your existing work; this might include sketchbooks, school project work or art work you have completed in your own time