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Art & Design UAL / Diploma Level 1 at Bolton College

Course description

Our full-time study programmes are designed to maximise your career prospects and widen your options for further or higher study.

If you’re creative and have a vivid imagination, then our Art & Design courses will enable and encourage you to unlock your potential.

Our art department is fully equipped with state-of-the-art materials.

Work experience is also an integral part of our study programmes, enabling you to gain essential exposure to the world of work.

Course content

What you'll learn

This course is designed for you to learn by direct experience, so most of the work is practical, enabling you to develop a range of skills across different art, design workshops.

Workshops include:

  • Printmaking
  • Markmaking
  • Painting
  • Textiles
  • Image Manipulation
  • Graphic Design
  • 3D Materials
  • Exploring Visual & Contextual Studies

You will undertake several projects and learn to work creatively to a client’s brief.

We encourage our Art, Design and Digital Media students to continue their English & maths study to Level 3.

Elements of study

Your programme consists of the following elements:

  • Study of your chosen vocational subject (50% of your programme)
  • English and maths (continued until the achievement of GCSE grade 4 (C) or equivalent)
  • Employability skills (e.g. punctuality, attendance, communication and team work)
  • Work experience (giving you a taste of working life)
  • Tutorial & personal development (e.g. healthy living, volunteering and citizenship skills)

Entry requirements

You don’t need any formal qualifications, but a passion for all aspects of art, design and media is a must. We will ask to see a portfolio of your art/design work and invite you to an informal interview.


Throughout the one-year course your work will be internally assessed. You will be given feedback on a regular basis and will be set smart targets to stretch and challenge you.

After Easter, you will focus on your final major project. You will be given a theme and you will produce a portfolio of work, which will be exhibited.

Financial information

Government-funded Further Education courses are usually free if you are aged 16-18 and are a British or European Union resident.  Financial help is available for some students, whose families are on low income. If you’re worried about the cost of going to College, why not pop in for a friendly chat with our Student Services team?

For any financial queries or information about available bursaries, feel free to contact Student Services at Deane Road by calling 01204 482 181/195 and asking for a member of the Student Finance Team; or alternatively, come by and see us – we’re here to help!


Future opportunities

After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Art & Design Diploma Level 2 or an alternative provision.

Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

Following a career path in the art, design and digital media industry, you could choose to work as:

  • An Artist can earn up to £28,000 a year, depending on experience.

  • Professional Photographers can earn on £30,000 on average.

  • A Jewellery Designer, earning up between £15,000 and £50,000 a year depending on experience

Further information

Further information

  • Sessions led by creative tutors with years of industry experience
  • Modern Apple Mac suites
  • Opportunity to display work to the public in annual end-of-year Arts Showcase

Our £75 million campus offers:

  • A fitness suite and sports hall
  • Apple Mac suites
  • Libraries
  • A theatre and dance studios
  • A café selling Costa coffee
  • Wella-approved hair salons

We also have a wide range of events throughout the year including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.

Number 1 for Achievement Rates

We’re the number one General FE and Tertiary College for 16-18 achievement rates in Greater Manchester.

Ofsted Grade 2 ‘Good’

Ofsted also agrees; in February we were inspected and graded 2 for ‘Good’. Ofsted highlighted the fact that our learners develop good employability and personal skills and that a high proportion progress to Apprenticeships, employment or Higher Education.


We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities, including:

  • Visits to art galleries and artists’ studios
  • Masterclasses and specialist workshops delivered by professionals from the art world
  • Opportunity to work to live briefs

Open Events

Discover what Bolton College can do for you by attending one of our Young People’s Open Events at our Deane Road campus.

Thursday 12th October 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 2017, 4.30pm - 8pm

Wednesday 7th February 2018, 4.30pm - 8pm

Futures4Me Event

Thursday 28th September 2017, 3.30pm – 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 September 2017
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