Where will this course lead?

On successful completion of the course you will be qualified to enter Higher Education to pursue a Level 4 Foundation Diploma, Higher National Diploma or Degree course. You will also develop the necessary skills to enter the workplace or apprenticeship should you choose to do so.

What will I study?

The course covers a range of Art & Design skills and theories through practical and active course work. You will explore drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, 3D, photography and moving image. To support these practical skills you will develop research skills to broaden your historical and contextual knowledge of Art & Design. You will also develop your understanding of analysis and critical awareness learning how to read and interpret Art & Design visual language and methods.

How will this course be delivered?

The course is classroom based with individual, small team and wider group workshops, exploring and developing ideas, techniques, and practical textile skills, and the use of theoretical principles in Art and Design. There will be a number of assignments each year which will allow students to work on their own choice of outcomes. Some of these assignments will be 'live' project briefs, and working with professionals in industry situations. There will also be the opportunity to work with specialists during enrichment and work experience activities. 

Sketchbooks are used to document the development of your ideas throughout each assignment and should contain your initial research, visual studies, design development and experimentation, along with your final designs and evaluation. It is expected that you annotate your ideas and reflect on your development as the assignment progresses.

What qualifications will I get?

Students are enrolled onto a UAL Art & Design Level 3 Diploma in the first year which is equivalent to 1.5 A-levels. Students are then enrolled onto the UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in the second year giving them a qualification from the 2 years that is equivalent to 3 A-Levels.

How will I be assessed?

Assignments form the basis for coursework. The lecturing staff will introduce each new assignment as the course progresses. You will be assessed all the time you are working, but your main assessment is through assignment work, where you will be graded for each assignment and then given an overall grade for the final assignment of each year. There are no exams.

How do I get a place on the course?

You should apply through the College application process, via the website, telephone, or open events etc.

What are the entry requirements?

You need to have 4 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, one of which should be Maths or English, and also a creative subject such as Graphic design, Art, or Photography.

What else do I need to know?

As part of the programme you will undertake 'live' projects and competitions, which will give you an insight into the way in which professional designers work. As a department we have strong industry links with local employers and organise regular visits from professionals who work commercially and are regularly published within their field. They offer invaluable industry knowledge and skill.

At the end of the first year, and moving into the second year of the course, you will receive advice on university courses and apprenticeships, along with methods of application. Guidance regarding the job market and employment opportunities will also be available. Portfolio building will form an important part of the second year as you prepare for interviews.

What can I do after this course?

You can progress onto university, an apprenticeship, freelance work, or employment.  In such subjects as Fine Art, Illustration, Animation and Photography.  Skills learnt on the course are also transferrable into such subjects as Gaming and Web Design.


Stratford-upon-Avon College

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N/A For 16 to 18 Year Olds

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Full Time