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This course is for people who wish to develop the skills, experience and body of work needed for further study in Higher Education, or to progress their own studio activities.
You will need an A Level in Art or an Extended Diploma in Art and Design (or equivalent), or have a strong portfolio of existing work.
The course combines experiential, experimental and integrated learning, developing manual skills whilst valuing the accidental and disruptive results that can occur during artistic practice. Skills already acquired are linked with ideas and challenges which extend students’ critical independence and enable them to demonstrate a full understanding of the application of art and design. As the course progresses, you will develop your capacity for in-depth enquiry, autonomy, critical analysis and initiative in exploring ideas and adapting media.
You will have access to the resources at the ‘Fab Lab’ to create 3D work, as the course will be based primarily at Central Sixth campus.
Materials and paint are supplied but you should equip yourself with the basics. A list of equipment will be supplied, and Learner Support Fund is available for learners from low income families.
Students will attend trips to galleries and artists’ studios and meet visiting speakers from the Creative Industries.
You will be assessed according to the criteria of seven practical and theory units, mostly through the generation of your own practical work but also through some theoretical study based on artists and designers of particular interest to you. The final assessment unit, which carries the most weight, is about creating pieces that will be shown at the end of the year in a public exhibition.
Most students use this course as a stepping stone to Higher Education. We shall support you with your application to university or design school. Of our current cohort, all those who wished to apply, have been offered university places.