Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Bridgwater Centre

Who is the course for?

This course is for students who have a strong interest in Art and Design related areas who wish to study a broad-based course before specialising in a particular field. The 18 unit Diploma allows students to build a substantial portfolio with which to progress onto higher level courses. The Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification for those who are keen to pursue a career in Art and Design.

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What does the course involve?

This course is an opportunity to gain new skills in Art and Design and also to acquire a high level of skill and knowledge in the area that you enjoy the most. The core skills of drawing, the study of historical and contemporary artists, exploring ideas and visual communication form the basis of your study whatever your specialism. At the end of the course you will compile a portfolio of work which will help provide access into higher education or employment and all students will participate in an end of year exhibition.

In the first year you will cover a broad range of practical Art and Design skills including:

  • Drawing
  • Art History
  • Photography
  • Fine Art 2D/3D
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Graphic Design
  • Moving Image

In the second year you will be able to focus and specialise in specific areas of practice. Normally students select two specialisms in the second year.

What makes this course special?

  • Excellent facilities at professional standard
  • Full Creative Suite on Apple Mac computers
  • Darkroom, photographic studio, professional textiles centre, spacious / well-facilitated art studios
  • Bookable professional equipment and open access studios
  • Supportive staff working in industry
  • Diverse curriculum
  • Excellent progression routes

Throughout the course you will be offered the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of Art and Design by attending residential trips to places such as New York, Berlin, Rome, London, St Ives as well as a variety of day trips to Bristol, London, Oxford, The Clothes Show, Harry Potter Studios, or New Designers.

You can also join one of our Academies- The Media Academy gives you the opportunity to work with live clients on a variety of projects that can be integrated within your own studies. The Fashion Academy gives you experience in planning a professional Fashion Show as well as working on fundraising projects and running an online shop.

Placements/Work Placements

There are often live briefs and projects that will see you working in the community outside College. Work experience in the new Performing Arts Centre Gallery, local Arts Centre and local galleries can be arranged. There is also a strong link to Community Arts and local businesses within the team. There is an opportunity within the second year to seek relevant work experience that will enhance your CV or UCAS application.

Entry Requirements

Minimum of 5 x GCSEs A* – C or 9 – 4, including Maths and English or an appropriate level 2 qualification. Evidence of creative work in a portfolio is beneficial.

How long is the course?

Two years, full-time.

What are the College attendance requirements?

We encourage you to be in College using facilities for five days, but teaching takes place over three-four days.

Are there any additional costs for the course?

A materials fee is collected at enrolment and additional costs for residential trips, such as our New York residential need to be paid.

What are the progression options?

Most students progress onto higher education courses such as Fashion, Textiles, Interior design, Photography, Architecture, Game Design, Animation, Illustration, Graphic Design, Fine Art, Education, Set Design/Media Makeup/Costume Design or Applied Arts.

Some students progress to Creative Apprenticeships. Some examples of these are Graphic Design, Events Planning and Management, Manufacturing of Sewn Goods and Leather Goods production.

This course also prepares you for employment at junior level in areas such as: display, the clothing and fashion industry, graphic design, and community arts or events promotion.

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