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Art, Design & Media Level 1 Diploma at Newcastle College

Course description

This is a practical, Progression-focused course which introduces you to the different aspects of Art and Digital Design through a wide range of creative projects. The projects are all based on research and ideas development, through which you will begin to understand the different subject areas within Creative Art and Media. You will be introduced to various techniques and skills through workshop sessions, helping you build an Art, Design and Media portfolio. Toward the end of the course, you will be able to choose a specialist subject in the form of a final project to further refine your portfolio. These will help you progress to the most suitable Level 2 course of study.

Course content

• Materials, Processes and Technical Skills
• Contextual Research 
• Communication Skills 
• Solving 2D Creative Problems
• Solving 3D Creative Problems
• Solving Time-Based Creative Problems
• Personal Art, Design & Media Project

Your course also includes GCSE or Functional Skills as appropriate in English and/or Mathematics. Possessing these skills will help you to progress in education, training and employment and make a positive contribution to the community in which you live and work.

As well as GCSE & Functional Skills being embedded into all aspects of your course, you will receive a dedicated lesson to enable you to develop your skills in the relevant subject area.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this qualification. You will need to attend an interview with vocational tutors to assess your suitability, enthusiasm and potential for the course. You will be asked to bring a portfolio of creative work to your interview.

Mature applicants (aged over 21 years) without formal qualifications but without appropriate relevant vocational experience are also welcome to apply.

If English is not your first language, you will also need a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or higher 


The qualification is assessed by continuous practical assessment via the collection of coursework, assessed against unit outcomes. 

Future opportunities

You could continue your studies by progressing to a Level 2 Diploma in an Art and Design discipline and then onto a specialist 90 Credit / Extended Diploma in Art or Design.

This course is highly practical and career-focused. If you’re thinking about changing career or starting afresh, this course will help. Gaining a practical, relevant qualification could also improve your promotion prospects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle College directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2016
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