16-18 Year Olds


This course provides a varied but focussed programme giving students the skills, experience and knowledge to progress to Higher Education and work as a fine artist. You will learn in a practical and theoretical way and explore how art can be applied to employment and the community.

Fine Art Pathway
During the course students will study printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fine art painting, 2D and 3D making techniques, observational drawing, textiles, life drawing, contextual studies, portfolio building and preparation for progression.

In Year 1 students will complete a Final Project for exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In Year 2 students will go on a practical field trip to Pembrokeshire, produce a Final Major Project, and exhibit at the department’s End of Year Show.

Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction.

Fashion Pathway
The structure of the qualification, with units linked to provide coherence, will allow learners to synthesize newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as they explore their aptitude and ambition and the particular characteristics of a broad range of art and design disciplines. Learners will be encouraged to recognize, not only the unique characteristics of different disciplines, but also the dynamic and potentially innovative relationships between those disciplines, particularly in a technologically driven environment. Fashion is one of the specialist pathways within the course. The qualifications will require learners to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable them to react positively and creatively across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities within Fashion.

On the fashion pathway you will embrace the full creative process of a young Fashion Provocateur!
The course nurtures the potential for developing a unique handwriting and a personal aesthetic.
Explore experiment and evaluate a vast wealth of skills and approaches to the fashion industry.

Visual Communication Pathway
The Visual Communication pathway will introduce you to a range of creative and practical subjects that are designed to build up an excellent portfolio of work. Visual Communication has natural links with Graphic Design and Photography as the course progresses students may wish to specialize in one of these areas. Visual Communication also includes drawing, painting and printmaking.

During the course you will create advertising campaigns, magazine and editorial designs, websites and digital artwork and also explore Photographic processes including studio and location work and post production editing using both digital software and traditional darkroom techniques. You will have projects that involve traditional illustration, painting, drawing, photography and printmaking as well as taught sessions on software used by industry.

You will be involved in a number of ‘live’ assignments with real clients. You will be pitching to clients in meetings and adapting your outcomes based on their feedback. There will also be a number of guest speakers from industry to inspire you. Expect a lot of collaboration with other creative students in the department!

Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction. The aims of the course are to push you to the next level- either to University, employment or an apprenticeship. You will be expected to aim high; both in your grades and your final pieces for your portfolio. Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction

Entry Requirements

For this course you will need to have achieved one of the following;

– 4 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including Art & Design

– Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design at Merit grade

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.


Qualification aims

To enable the candidate to:

1. Have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within art, design or related subjects of study or work in Fashion
2. Research, analyze and evaluate relevant information and ideas in order to develop creative solutions in Fashion
3. Understand, adapt and safely use appropriate and practical methods and skills for creative production in Fashion
4. Solve complex problems through the application of practical, theoretical and technical understanding in Fashion
5. Critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of methods, actions and results
6. Use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for own learning, development and decision making
7. Take responsibility for the research, planning, time management and actions to access progression opportunities.
8. Effectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences through internal and external exhibitions of work and presentations


Pass, Merit or Distinction based on exhibition of final major project in chosen specialist area.

Awarding body

UAL (University of Arts London)


On successful achievement of this course you may wish to:

– Apply to study at Higher Education to undertake the Foundation Studies, the HND or BA Hons degree
– To pursue career opportunities within the creative industries

Further Information

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

Duration and Times

Start date: 02/09/2019

End date: 26/06/2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: TBA

Number of Weeks: 33

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