Fast Track Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design

Course Overview

Starting in January 2021, this exciting new course offers learners the opportunity to complete the first year of an Extended Diploma in 6 months. On successful completion of this course, learners have the option to join the second year of the course in September 2021.

The course prepares students for a future in the creative industries offering a range of practical disciplines within art and design including fashion, photography, graphic design, fine art and 3D crafts.

Learners will be challenged with a variety of exciting briefs which will encourage them to explore their creativity and develop their confidence in communicating ideas.

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Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs grades A-C including Art and Design. Equivalent qualifications accepted, including a Merit at Level 2 Art and Design. Subject to interview and portfolio of work.

Course Delivery

A team of specialist staff deliver units as themed assignments throughout the year. Practical demonstrations take place, along with discussions, group work, individual work, presentations and exhibitions. Students will receive 21 hours a week of face to face delivery.

The work is assessed against a range of criteria which looks at diversity of research, development of ideas, exploration of media and techniques, analysis and evaluation of outcomes in 2D and 3D form.

Continual assessment from the team occurs throughout the year, during and after every assignment, with verbal and written feedback provided.

Progression Opportunities

Students can progress onto the second year of the Level 3 Art course in order to achieve an Extended Diploma in Art and Design.

Students are able to progress onto a number of higher education courses such as a degree, foundation diploma or HND.

Successful past students have gone on to various degree courses throughout the UK, and to also win a number of prestigious art and design competitions.

Additional Information

Equipment: Studio fees (£75 per year) cover the following - small introductory art pack provided at the start of the course, specialist pack when student selects their pathway, upkeep of specialist equipment and contribution towards essential art and design resources. Students are expected to purchase their own sketchbooks and any additional equipment required for their studies.

Printing costs: Students can buy printing credits for PCs and MACs as needed throughout the year.

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