Art and Design


Art and Design

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.

Course Information

  • Levels available Entry Level 1 / 2 / 3 / 4
  • Start Date 02/09/2019
  • Course Ref ARTDES
  • Location Bletchley Campus
  • Fees N/A

If you are over 19+ then please contact us for more information

What will I do?

You will explore all different styles of art, using a huge variety of materials and platforms. Through close working relationships with the arts communities in MK, you will understand where a career in art & design could take you. With visits to London galleries and art museums, you will be inspired by new artists and art forms that you previously wouldn’t have considered. Learning in small groups in dedicated art studios, you will have a full range of facilities at your disposal, giving you the opportunity to grow your skill set and learn new techniques. Covering modules such as illustration, fine art, graphic art, 3D modelling, clay art, and much more, you will become a well-rounded artist prepared to enter the industry.

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What's next?

The great thing about studying art & design is that it will offer you a range of transferable skills. You will be perfectly positioned to study art at university level, either through a HNC/HND pathway, or through a specific art school. You could also go on to study a different form of art, including graphic design, photography, fine art, or animation. You can also move straight into the industry, using the connections and contacts you’ve made throughout your course to help you secure employment.

Is it for me?

It’s important to study what you’re passionate about. If you’ve got a creative flair, are able to push the boundaries and think outside the box, a career in art & design would be ideal for you. You must be able to commit your time and energy to big independent projects, and be able to conduct research independently. You must be prepared to be flexible, work to tight deadlines and pay excellent attention to detail. Above all, the most important attribute is a love for all things art & design.

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.

Level highlights

  • Gain skills with a range of techniques in Art & Design
  • Learn how to progress to an art project from research to final outcome
  • Develop study skills to assess and reflect on your own work
  • Explore and experiment to gain confidence in your own abilities
  • Opportunity to study GCSE/FS English and maths if required

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.

  • Gallery and museum visits for primary drawing linked to units
  • Fun opportunities for group work experience projects.
  • Improve and learn a wide range of creative, artistic and digital disciplines.
  • Opportunity to retake GCSE English & maths if required.

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.

  • Research visits to local and national museums and galleries
  • Creative workshops with local and national artists.
  • Learn and develop a wide range of creative, artistic disciplines.
  • Close working relationships with art organisations in Milton Keynes.

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.

Level highlights:

  • A range of relevant Art and Design visits.
  • Visiting lecturers and workshops by experts in their field.
  • Projects linked with local art organisations and work experience.
  • Progression on to the HE programme at the College.
  • Focus on your area of specialism, Fine Art, Design, Illustration and Mixed Media etc.


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