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Media, Art & Design - Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design (for students aged 14-16) at Wakefield College

Course description

This is a mostly practical course where you’ll develop your artistic knowledge and skill, confidence, communication, presentation and create a varied body of work. Throughout the year there will be various visits to art galleries and other places relating to your studies.

Course content

What you will study

You’ll be introduced to basic skills including drawing, painting, printmaking and 3D design. You’ll gain some understanding of a variety of art and design areas including printmaking, textiles, and graphic design. Looking at the work of other artists and designers will be the starting point of every project and you’ll also develop research skills.
Maths and English are key elements of any full-time programme of study in College. If you do not already have a GCSE at grade A*-C in these subjects, you will need to attend sessions allocated on your timetable. These are varied and designed to cater for all ability levels. You will receive advice and guidance regarding the correct level for you.
Skills in Maths and English will support your full-time course, assisting you with assignment writing, research, job applications, presentations, managing your own finances and interpretation of data, to mention just a few. They will also help you in the future. Most employers are looking for ability in these areas and the majority of university courses require you to have Maths and English GCSEs at A*-C. This is why the development of Maths and English is so important, whatever your field of study


Your Course Structure

Classroom based: 20% Practical work: 80%

How you will learn

You’ll learn through practical sessions in our specialist workshops and studios. Your work will be continually assessed by your tutor.

Entry requirements

Predicted grades 3-9 at GCSE
Minimum Entry Level 3 in English and Maths or equivalent
A good reference from Head of Year 10 or Headteacher
A genuine interest in Art & Design and related subjects along with a commitment and enthusiasm towards the course


Your practical work will be continually assessed throughout the course by your tutor.

Financial information

Please contact the 14-16 Unit at Wakefield College for more details: Tel - 01924 789742 or by email -

Future opportunities

After finishing this course, you can progress to a higher level course within the Art & Design faculty which would develop your skills and may allow you to find work in a wide range of related areas.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 01 November 2018
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