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Art - Applied Arts (Year 1) - Level 3 at North Kent College

Course description

Based within CIDA (Creative Industrial design & Arts) this course specializes in workshops, skills and techniques using clay, plaster, soft metals, print materials...etc and encourages the introduction and exploration of any material that can be successfully used to produce a desired outcome. The staff team have extensive knowledge and expertise within applied arts and are continually revising and moving the course content forward in order to keep abreast of innovation within the specialist areas. Life Drawing and visual studies and contextual studies underpin all research. Some software applications are used and Portfolio and Presentational skills become increasingly important in year 2.

Course content

The course meets the needs of aspiring designers wishing to acquire hand-making skills specific to a career pathway as Ceramicist, Potter, Printmaker, Jeweler, Textile designer, Illustration and Book-making. Underpinning the course is drawing, use of colour, exploration of materials, techniques and processes, and a wide cultural and contextual awareness. Visual recording using specialist and found materials is an essential element and members are expected to take full advantage of this freedom in order to bring something original to their portfolio.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE A* - C grades or equivalent plus Portfolio and Interview. Formal academic requirements may be waived for mature applicants but Portfolio and Interview still apply.


Design Journals and 3D materials outcomes, Research Journals, Portfolio and Presentation.

Financial information

£150 studio contribution per year, plus materials/visits/exhibitions.


Future opportunities

Year 2 through successful completion of year 1; then Higher Education or Employment.

Further information

Please contact the College

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: 04 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: A4D104Q
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  • Number of planned places: 27