You will need a Level 1 qualification or GCSEs at grade 3/D. You should bring a portfolio of your work to your interview or submit it to the tutor by email at Leon.Woodcock@sandwell.ac.uk
You will cover four units across the year.
Module A: Exploring and Developing Art and Design Skills
Part 1: Skills Development
You will develop your skills in 2D and 3D Art. You will learn about sketchbook presentation skills, develop on a variety of 2D techniques such as mark making and impasto painting while exploring a variety of art styles and artists. You will experiment with cardboard, clay and plaster of Paris to create interesting sculptures. This will lead to your first assessment brief which involves exploring a country of your choice to produce 2D/3D work for a newly opened restaurant chain.
Part 2: Art and Design Project
You will experiment with a wide variety of textiles techniques such as lino printing, batik and ink on fabric. You will examine the work of a number of textiles artists and learn about tapestries. Your brief involves creating your own tapestry designs inspired by a natural form of your choice and making your own tapestry.
Module B: Personal Development
You will investigate your own professional practice and interests in the creative industry. You will develop a portfolio of drawings related to this area of interest and explore a range of artists.
Module C: Responding to a Creative Brief
You will put together all the skills you have cumulated across the year into your own exciting Final Major Project (FMP). Within this, you will learn how to generate your own contexts, exploring and developing skills in an area of your choice. Such areas may include: fashion, architecture, interior design, tattooing and digital art. You will exhibit your final piece in the end of year exhibition which will be open to friends and the public to view.
We run visits to museums and galleries, locally and nationally. We also have strong links with the creative industries in the West Midlands and put on talks by practising artists and give you the chance to take part in art projects for big-name organisations such as Fat Face and London Midland.
Assessment is 100% coursework based. This includes a combination of practical 2D/3D work and written annotations presented in A3 sketchbooks throughout the year. At least one online theory session will take place each week, which will be conducted through Edmodo and Zoom. Training on this software will be provided at the start of the course.
Successful completion of this course can lead to a BTEC Level 3 National in Art and Design Practice in one of our specialist areas: Fashion, Art, Interactive Media or Fashion.
You will leave with a professional portfolio of 2D/3D work suitable for future careers in: architecture, tattooing, graphic design and illustration.