Sustainable design and ethical policy is an increasingly essential part to any of the UK’s creative industries supporting almost 900,000 jobs and contributing an estimated £28bn to the UK economy. This programme will encourage you to explore your creativity and ideas through the practice of research, drawing, design development and technical skills, traditional and non- traditional. Through the exploration of a range of materials, techniques and processes (e.g fabric, wood, paper, clay….) you will learn about colour, texture, pattern and form, and work both two and three dimensionally, while developing an understanding of key aspects of sustainability in design and how to work towards a career in this area of creative industry. The course units are aimed at developing the skills and qualities necessary to handle demanding but very rewarding jobs.
You will normally complete a 90 Credit Diploma in year one. Successful completion will allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in year two which is equivalent to three A-levels.
It is not necessary to have any previous experience of creative skills techniques such as sewing, construction or print to be able to undertake this course, just a willingness to learn and experiment with ideas and explore the qualities and potential of materials.
The course will teach you how to work creatively with a wide range of media as well as improving your drawing skills. You will undertake independent research and develop your presentation, organisational and time management skills.
Future Career Opportunities:
Successful completion of this course and progression to a higher level programme (such as a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design then a Degree programme) could lead to a number of future career opportunities including: Designer Maker, Product Designer, Surface Pattern Designer, Textile Designer, Fine Artist, Visual Merchandiser, Design Communication and Promotion, Design Journalist, Interior Designer, Accessories Designer or Fashion/Costume Designer.
The course consists of nine units in year one and four units in year two, which cover:
- Research skills in art and design
- Introduction to visual language
- Critical and contextual awareness in art and design
- Introduction to technical skills including construction techniques & print production
- Surface pattern and manipulation
- Analysis and evaluation
- Design methods – an integrated approach to 2D and 3D problem solving in art and design
- Preparation for progression in art and design
How you will learn
- Work in an art and design environment
- Practical demonstrations and discussion
- Use specialist equipment and workshops
- Exhibit your own work
- Create 2D/3D Sustainable Design pieces
- Opportunity to work independently
Expect also to:
- Write reports and make verbal and written analysis of your work
- Read textbooks and design journals
- Integrate drawing and evaluation into all aspects of assignment work
- Critique your own work and others
As part of this course you will study the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification, find out more here.
The course is project-based and progression feedback is given at the end of each assignment. Both years 1 and 2 conclude with a final major project exhibited at the end of year show held at Pembrokeshire College. This project will be externally assessed and your final grade is awarded on the final major project.
- Five GCSEs at grade C or above (may include one relevant equivalent) to include English Language/First Language Welsh and GCSE Maths/Numeracy at grade D or above
- Portfolio of art/design/craft work
- Entry is subject to an interview
- Each application is considered on individual merit
Relevant Level 2 qualification with an overall merit/merit grade or above, GCSE English Language/First Language Welsh at grade C or above and preferably GCSE Maths/Numeracy at grade D or above. A successful decision following progression board and an art/design/craft portfolio are essential.
Many of our courses have specific GCSE grade entry requirements. However, if GCSE English Language and/or Maths at grade C is not a requirement of your course or has not been achieved, you will be expected to attend resit/upskilling classes alongside your main programme. We therefore strongly recommend that, if you are currently sitting GCSE’s, you make every effort to achieve a minimum of grade C in your examinations.
Making equipment including:
- Craft knife
- Small Cutting Mat
- Cottons ,Needles, Pins
- Set square
- Tape measure
- Meter ruler
Drawing and painting materials including:
- Sketch books
- Plastic sleeves
Approximate cost of equipment for year one – £130
Stationery – approximately £50 to include design books
All post 16 learners who undertake this course (Welsh Government funded provision over 40 hours) are required to undertake the WEST (Wales Essential Skill Toolkit) Full Diagnostic Initial Assessment for Communication, Application of Number and Digital Literacy within the first four weeks of their course.
- An element of your programme may be delivered via online learning.
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Progression on to Pre BA Foundation Diploma in Art & Design to stretch and extends skills and knowledge to inform HE choices further. Or Progression to a higher education course such as a BTEC Higher National Diploma or Degree course in Design – Interior, Surface Pattern, Textiles, Fashion or Product Design or related areas such as merchandising, communication & promotion . Some may prefer to gain trainee status employment in retail for example, trainee buyer or visual merchandising. Numerous employment options may be available in textiles design, print or construction etc. and product (design, construction, ergonomics etc.).
If you are thinking about studying at degree level following this course please visit the university websites or UCAS (University Central Admissions Service) www.ucas.com to check any entry requirements.
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.