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If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    About the course

    Study a wide range of art, design and craft disciplines through a series of assignments, including live briefs and competitions. A broad based, diagnostic course which will help you identify your strengths, interests and career choices.

    Entry requirements

    4 GCSEs at grade 4 (English and Art preferred). Portfolio of Art and Design work to show at interview.

    How much does it cost?

    Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

    There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

    A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as paper, paint, printing ink, clay etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio. Costs (approx £75) of local visits need to be covered by students.

    Awarding Body

    UAL (University of the Arts London)

    Why study?

    In term one you will be encouraged to creatively explore a range of materials, techniques and processes including drawing and painting, printmaking, ceramics and 3D.

    In term 2 you will develop your problem solving skills creating solutions for illustration, theatre and costume and animation

    In term 3 you will develop your own project in an area of art and design.
    In year 2 you will work on live briefs and competitions, considering the audience for your art and design work. You will complete a self- directed Final Major Project in your chosen specialism, which will be exhibited at the Visual Arts end of year exhibition.

    Where will this course take me?

    As part of your main course of study you will explore career opportunities within the creative industries and appropriate progression routes.

    Possible career paths:
    Illustrator
    Games designer
    Theatre/ Film/ Television designer (including set, costume and props)
    Fine artist (painter/sculptor/ printmaker)
    Visual merchandising/ Interior design

    Core modules

    • Introduction to visual language
    • Introduction to research skills
    • Introduction to critical and contextual awareness
    • Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills
    • An integrated approach to 2D problem solving
    • An integrated approach to 3D problem solving
    • An integrated approach to time-based problem solving
    • Developing an art & design project
    • Opportunities for progression
    • Characteristics and contexts
    • Preparation for progression
    • Engaging with an audience
    • Project proposal and realisation

    How will I be assessed?

    Assessment is coursework based through practical assignments, case studies, presentations and portfolio of work. At present there is no external assessment
    Unit 8 at the end of year 1 and Unit 13 at the end of year 2 are graded pass, merit, distinction. Unit 13 is the Final Major Project and gives the overall grade for the qualification. All other units are graded pass/fail

    Will I have to provide anything?

    A materials fee of approximately £75 is payable at the beginning of each year to contribute towards some of the consumable materials such as paper, paint, printing ink, clay etc. Budget £50 for your own materials and £30 for a portfolio. Costs (approx £75) of local visits need to be covered by students.

    I'm interested. What should I do now?

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