Course Title UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media
Level: 1
Code Y152

Overview of the Course

This course is designed to give you the chance to learn and experiment within art, media and design. You will find out about painting, drawing, graphic applications (Apple Macs), Printmaking, textiles and photography. In addition you will also look at the work of famous artists and designers, all of which will help you to develop the skills needed for work or further studies. You will also be required to study maths and English at an appropriate level based on your entry qualifications.

What are the career opportunities?

Upon completion of this course you will have the opportunity to progress onto Level 2 courses and further education before finding employment in the field of Art and Design. Career opportunities include: Web Designer, Photographer, Animator, Illustrator, Fashion Designer, Graphic Designer, Advertiser, Art Education, Ceramics Designer, Fine Artist, Freelance Designer / Art Worker, Interior Designer, Interior Designer, Production Designer, Social Media professional and Teacher.

What are the entry requirements?

At least four GCSE grades 9-2 (A*-E) to include Art or Design and English.

How long is the course and when can I start?

1 year course beginning in September.

How is the course structured and how will I be assessed?

You will study a wide range of areas including:

  • Observational Drawing
  • Graphic Applications (Apple Macs)
  • Painting
  • Photography (inc digital editing)
  • 3D Design and Textiles.

You will need a keen interest and a desire to creatively explore and experiment in all the different areas offered. Some ability to express yourself in drawing and words so that you can analyse your own and others work is also required. GCSE/Functional Skills in English and maths are a compulsory part of this course depending on your GCSE results. However, your main focus of study will be designed to develop your creative skills leading you to make informed independent decisions and judgements about how best you can create personal artistic outcomes in response to the themes you explore. The course is made up of a minimum of seven units of work. Each unit is aimed at developing your creative skills, improving reflective confidence and encouraging you to develop independent personal responses. Assessment is continuous with grades given at the end of each completed unit. Units one to six must be completed and passed before the final unit/project can commence. Your final Art and Design unit will give you the opportunity to express yourself in the media you enjoy best. Your final piece will be celebrated and showcased during the End of Year Exhibition. This unit will be moderated to determine a final Pass, Merit or Distinction grade.

What employability skills will I develop on this course?

You will learn a wide range of specialist skills across the different art disciplines including fine art, ceramics, photography, graphics and textiles to allow you to develop your own creative skills to help determine your chosen future pathway. You will learn a large range of industry standard software skills and techniques; the hardware and software we provide is 100% industry standard and in line with current industry expectations. As well as being a very visually stimulating and creative course, we support the growth of your written and verbal communication skills through presentation and communications units being integrated into your projects. We also develop your employment skills such as team work, time management, research techniques, reflective and lateral thinking.

Work experience

At Bury College you will benefit from work experience as an essential element of your study programme. You will be supported to secure a five day work experience placement allowing you to gain hands-on work based industry skills. Media students have previously secured high quality work experience placements at:

  • Local Football Clubs
  • Hospices
  • Heritage Lottery Funds
  • Local Schools
  • Bury Council
  • Card Retailers
  • BBC

Study programme enrichment opportunities

The Level 1 Study Programme includes a wide range of trips and visits to art galleries, museums and excursions to specific sites in order for you to gather and record observational studies that will underpin the themes and assignments set. Aiming higher is an important part of your Art and Design study programme and it will support personal development to ensure you make good progress and acquire the skills required for successful progression to employment, an apprenticeship or higher education. You will also have the opportunity to visit local universities and visit local practitioners at their studios.

Are there any additional costs or requirements?

There will be additional costs for trips, some photographic materials and colour computer printouts. Other materials that you will need is an art pack and sketchbooks/mounting boards. It is also essential that if you have not passed your GCSE in maths that you purchase the necessary equipment. It is important to be prepared for all lessons that you attend on your study programme.

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