16-18 Year Olds


On this course you will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of media and techniques in order to make an informed choice from the wide range of Art and Design courses available for study at Higher Education level. This course will prepare you for a career in Art and Design and enable you to build a portfolio of work.

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to be at least 18 years of age by the end of the first term of entry and have achieved one of the following:?
• 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, plus an A Level in an art- related subject at grade C or above, or an equivalent Level 3 diploma. It is advisable to have GCSE English Language and Art?.
• If you are a mature student without the required formal qualifications you may be exempt from these requirements or be advised to study the Adult Gateway course prior to progression onto Foundation.
On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further. You will be required to present a portfolio of your work at this interview.


This course will encourage you to develop creative and manipulative skills in response to media in both 2D and 3D studies. During this course you will cover the following areas:

* Drawing
* Painting
* Printmaking
* Design
* Graphic Design
* History of Art and Design
* Photography
* Digital Imaging
* 2D Mixed Media
* Fashion and Textiles.

An integral part of the course is ‘Location Week’ which will provide you with a unique opportunity to work in a range of completely different environments outside college.

There are also regular study visits supplementing the Art & Design History component of the course, providing access to major collections and exhibitions in the UK. Previous visits have included: London, Liverpool, Manchester, and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.


Formal assessment during the first two terms will allow you to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses and assist you to make the appropriate applications to Higher Education. There is a final major project assessed by exhibition.
The certificate is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and is available as an overall Level 3 or Level 4 qualification. The course is validated by the National Board for Foundation Studies

Awarding body

ABC Awards


On successful completion of this course you may wish to apply to study a Higher National qualification in Art & Design at Macclesfield College.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2020

End date: 26/06/2021

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 34

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