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Art, Design and Media

Art, Design and Media

Art, Design and Media course

UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media

Designed to provide learners who are intrigued and motivated by art and design with opportunities to explore, develop and test their creativity.

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Is this course right for me?

This one year course has been designed to provide learners with an introduction to the creative sector, enabling them to make informed future progression choices while developing and applying their knowledge and acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and personal development skills.

This qualification is suitable for learners who have an interest in art, design, media or a related subject and wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience. Learners will develop and test their creativity within a structure that will provide a sound base of skills and knowledge, while enhancing self-confidence and revealing the potential career demands and opportunities within the sector.

  • One GCSE at grade D or above to include English Language/First Language Welsh or Mathematics/Numeracy
  • A portfolio/examples of work will be required for this course
  • Each application is considered on individual merit
  • Entry is subject to attending a course information session or informal interview
  • Successful completion of relevant programme (including skills) and decision from progression board meeting

This course consists of integrated units, introduced as projects, enabling learners to get ‘hands on’ experience in a range of disciplines, you will:

  • Work creatively across a range of art, design and media activities
  • Explore the potential of modern technology to support creativity
  • Use directed study to support project activity
  • Encouraging growth in personal skills to be able to work confidently in a group and independently
  • Have practical demonstrations and discussions and explore creativity with access to specialist materials and equipment

Units studied include:

  • Unit 1 Introduction to materials, processes and skills in art, design and media
  • Unit 2 Introduction to contextual research in art, design and media
  • Unit 3 Introduction to communication skills in art, design and media
  • Unit 4 Solving 2D creative problems
  • Unit 5 Solving 3D creative problems
  • Unit 6 Solving time-based creative problems
  • Unit 7 Art, design and media project

Units 1-6 are delivered through a series of assignments and each unit must be attained prior to starting unit 7. The assignment for Unit 7 will decide the final grade awarded (Pass, Merit, Distinction).

There will be a focus on literacy and numeracy skills together with developing your knowledge of sustainable issues, citizenship, bilingualism, enterprise and Welsh culture.

You may need to study an additional skills course depending on:
  • the course you are taking at College
  • what grades you gained in your GCSE Maths and/or English Language
Click below to find out what skills course you may be taking at College

Learners are able to complete either the full qualification or certain units or elements through the medium of Welsh/bilingually. Visit our Welsh Language in the College page to find out what else is available to you.

  • Continuous assessment during the course
  • Practical assessment during the course
  • Portfolio of evidence

This course will enable you to prepare a portfolio of work for progression into a Level 2 Arts course.

  • You will need to bring your own device/laptop for this course, click here to find out more
  • Art materials - you will be told about any specific items during or before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

  • No tuition fee
  • We are waiving the Administration Fee for the academic year 2024/25
  • There is an annual workshop fee for this course (£20 - £60), payable before you start the course
  • You may be eligible for funding. Find out more on our student finance page

Any costs above are approximate and may change.

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Sports Academy: While on this course you may be able to join our Sports Academy, if you have a talent for sport, find out what we offer on our Sports Academy page.

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Last updated: 06/11/2023
The College takes all reasonable steps to provide the educational services and courses as described above. Details are correct at the time of editing but may be subject to change without prior notice. Courses will not run if student numbers are insufficient. The College has the right to refuse individuals entry to courses in certain circumstances. Prospective students may be advised of more suitable alternatives, if appropriate. The entry requirements stated are those that are normally required to undertake the programme of study.
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