Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design
The one-year course provides the opportunity for those who are inspired by art and design and wish to explore, develop and test their creativity within a structure that will offer a sound base of skills and knowledge, while enhancing self-confidence and revealing the potential career demands and opportunities within the sector. The course draws upon established approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that are successfully proven to appeal to and engage students seeking practical study.
You will be encouraged to develop the practical skills necessary to follow art and design further and the theoretical understanding to provide support for these skills. With a range of stimulating yet demanding art and design activities which are designed to challenge and stretch students, you will be developing the problem solving and communication skills needed realise your creative potential.
There is opportunity to explore a range of 2D and 3D processes including regular observational drawing activities, design, printing techniques, painting, photography and working in the college workshops with wood, metals, ceramics and textiles.
Practical classes and tutorials are delivered over three and a half days of the week, leaving plenty of study-time to complete supporting research and written tasks. Units are delivered through studio practice projects which are assessed at the end of each term and through an on-going monitoring of progress, together with supporting written tasks.
Term one includes an introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in 2D and 3D, together with an introduction into the inspiration of ideas by looking at the work of other artists. This work is closely referenced to your practical work. In the second half of the term there is an opportunity to explore Photography, Printing techniques and drawing techniques involved in solving 2D creative problems.
In the first half of the spring term you will return to the workshops solving 3D problems, and in the second half you will solve time based creative problems which will involve more independent study as you know have the knowledge and confidence to create creative solutions.