Without the arts, our society would be a pretty boring place. The arts form part of our identity as a society, and contributes to our quality of life. What would life be without colour and creativity? From giant advertising billboards, right down to the artwork on this website, design and creativity is at the forefront of everything we do. Design and imagery are just as important to businesses as the services they offer, and art departments are often responsible for the most successful and impactful campaigns.
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This level is ideally for those students who have a passion for art but may have little experience or qualifications in the subject. You will explore a wide range of techniques within 2D and 3D as well as digital photography and media covering a range of diverse projects themes. These will focus on improving your creative talents to enable you to progress to the next level.
At this level, you will build on existing knowledge from your GCSE Art or similar and be enthusiastic to learn new creative skills in such disciplines as painting, drawing, 3D, printmaking, graphics and digital photography. You will have a range of exciting projects linked to units to explore your skills, ending with a Final Major Project and End of Year Exhibition to showcase your artistic talents.
At this level, you will extend your knowledge from your GCSE Art course or similar and be enthusiastic about developing and refining new creative skills in disciplines such as painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media and photography. Throughout the year, you will undertake a range of exciting projects ending in a Final Major Project and end of year publication. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a range of creative workshops with local and national artists. Through the course you will build up a portfolio of work allowing you to apply for progression opportunities, whether that be employment, an apprenticeship or a degree at university.
The Art and Design Diploma is characterised by an academic rigor and student centered learning culture, encompassing analytical principles, exploratory and investigative practices, contextual research and material experiences. The programme therefore builds on students’ prior experience, linking skills already acquired with ideas and challenges, which will extend the students’ critical independence and enable them to capitalise on their strengths and affinities to achieve progression to Higher Education or a career of their choice.
The UK has the largest design industry in Europe.
The UK ranks fourth in the world for design exports, and exports 50% more design than it imports.