Course Information

Where is the course delivered?

  • Taunton Centre

What does the course involve?

Informed by employers in the Creative Industries and some of Europe’s top Creative Higher Education institutions, this course looks at the relationship between disciplines and how they can work together in real-world contexts where branding, marketing, advertising and information come together.

The course also allows for extensive experimentation and development of ideas from across the art and design spectrum to be used in a graphic design, photography or media context. A dynamic mixture of industry briefs and challenging problems allows learners to build exciting portfolios, leading towards a particular area of specialism in year two.

Learners will be introduced to visual language, research skills, critical and contextual awareness, materials, processes and technical skills, as well as audience engagement. These are all skills that employers in the creative industries and top universities require of entrants.

The course includes:

  • Introduction to design principles
  • Darkroom and studio techniques
  • Experimental imagery
  • Location photography
  • Digital storytelling
  • Use of 35mm film
  • Digital SLR cameras
  • Medium format film
  • Moving image software skills
  • Adobe Creative Suite

What makes this course special?

Your practical studio-based experience can be enriched through a stimulating programme of visits. Previous years have included visits to New York, Venice, London, Oxford and St Ives, as well as the opportunity to talk with working artists and designers.

Entry Requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grades A* to C or (9 - 4) (Maths and English GCSEs are desirable) or a First Diploma in Art & Design at Merit level or above.
  • You will be invited to an interview and asked to bring some examples of your work.

What are the assessment methods?

This is through practical and written assignments, continuous assessment and external moderation. Your progress is monitored by tutorials and seminars.

How long is the course?

Successful completion of the Diploma in year 1 leads to the Extended Diploma in year 2. 

What are the progression options?

If you are thinking of progressing on to a degree, this course will help you decide which degree will be most suitable for your skills and interest. Many of our students progress internally to our Foundation Diploma, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree programmes.

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