This is a practical, multi-disciplinary programme which is project-based throughout. The projects will have a vocational element (ie introduction to the world of work) and the programme will include a live brief or a competitive element as appropriate (eg live commission/submission to a competition).
The programme offers a broad experience aimed at developing specialist skills for the graphics industry (techniques/ideas development/visual language) along with critical analysis and appreciation of historical and contemporary issues.
The first year involves the introduction and exploration of a wide range of subject areas which encourage the development of individual approaches and personal preferences.
In the second year learners will be encouraged to become more involved with the design of project briefs leading to more independent study choices and highly individual bodies of work in order to make appropriate choices for progression.
Visual recording (drawing/photography)
Materials, techniques and processes
Ideas and concepts
Communication through art and design
Image manipulation using computer applications
Graphics media, techniques and technology
Typographic and layout design
Illustration and narrative Image
History and contextual studies
Personal and professional development
Setting up a studio
Four GCSEs grade A*-C/4- 9 to include English
Or level two diploma (merit)
Or first diploma (merit)
Or NVQ level two
Successful completion of the programme will qualify you for employment within the industry or entry on to e appropriate degree programmes at colleges and universities throughout the country. This includes our related level four BTEC higher national certificates, the Level Five BTEC Higher National Diploma in Art and Design (fashion, graphic design and interactive media pathways are also available) the BA (Hons) in Media, Design and Production.