This is a two-year course, equivalent to three A-levels, which will allow progression to University and the workplace. The course is split into two separate pathways: Graphics & Photography | Print & Mixed Media
Each pathway 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.
Graphics & Photography
This pathway is designed for students who have an interest in the digital side of art and design. You will explore a variety of areas from graphic design, digital illustration to studio and location photography. You will use a variety of digital methods to experiment and develop ideas with. This is the perfect route for those looking to pursue a career in the creative & digital industries such as marketing, advertising, packaging and product design to commercial photography and fashion photography. Students will be shown the relevant skills required to progress into higher education or to start their respective careers within graphic design and photography.
Print & Mixed Media
This pathway 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.
What will I learn?
The qualification is accredited by the highly-regarded University of the Arts London (UAL) and 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 with either pathway you decide to pursue. 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 your chosen pathway in the first year through specialist briefs with industry lead outcomes.
- Graphics & Photography - Graphic Design
- Graphics & Photography - Digital Illustration
- Graphics & Photography - Photography
- Graphics & Photography - Print Graphics
- Graphics & Photography - Stop-Frame Animation
- Print & Mixed Media - Mixed Media
- Print & Mixed Media - Printmaking
- Print & Mixed Media - Illustration
- Print & Mixed Media - 3D Sculpture
- Print & Mixed Media - Textiles
How will I be assessed?
The course is 100% coursework.
A minimum of 4 GCSE passes including English Language and Maths.
For 2018 entry we are accepting a grade C (current GCSE) or a grade 4 (New GCSE) as a pass. 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 is designed to allow you to enter junior positions in the Creative Industry with a skillset that will enable you to work effectively and creatively.
Cost of Study
This course is fully funded for students who are 16-18 years of age.
Additional kit and materials costs: Year 1 - £200 Year 2 - £120
You will spend 3 full days per week at College. Please bring along some examples of your art work to show to tutors at the interview. Any candidates who do not bring work with them can only be offered a conditional place; meaning they will not be able to join the course until we have seen acceptable examples of their work.