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Art and Design apt awards Access to HE Diploma Level 3 (W) at Cornwall College

Course description

The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a nationally recognised qualification thatprovides students with the entry requirements for most higher education degrees. Itconsists of a minimum of 20 units of study which include: Study Skills, ICT and a wide rangeof subject specific Art & Design units. As a part of this course students will also be providedwith tutorial guidance which focuses on UCAS applications and preparing for universitystudy. There is currently a very large choice of higher level courses in the creative arts.Although this is essentially a progression course into university study, several of ourlearners use this learning opportunity to prepare for the world of work, combined with parttimeFoundation degree Award (FdA) engagement.

The Access course is a 1 year, full time course, especially intended for those people whohave always wanted to study art and design, but have not previously had the chance to doso. The course runs over 3 days (Wed, Thurs & Fri). The college study time is designedaround people with family and, or work commitments i.e. start times are in line with schoolstart times. In addition, students are expected to spend 5 hours a week as home study.

This is a vibrant and exciting course, during the first term you will be introduced to the basic principles of 2D visual language; through drawing, mark-making, mixed media,photography and graphics. At the same time you will be able to develop your knowledge ofthe history of art and design, through illustrated talks and gallery visits. You will also have the opportunity to improve your research and I.T. skills.

In the second term, you will engage in-depth with the exploration of materials, techniques and processes, through drawing, mixed media, Textiles and Ceramics. The assignments will introduce you to concepts and ideas in art and design and how these are connected to the materials and techniques used to communicate ideas for different creative purposes. Additional study skills units run alongside these practical units.

Before the start of the third term you will be encouraged to think about a topic for the Independent Study, which is intended to consolidate all that you have been taught on the course, up to that point. You will be able to choose the topic, materials and techniques to produce a final piece or series of works for presentation in a final exhibition, at the end of the year.

Course content

The course will enable you to gain a broad experience of different subjects in art, design and technology. These will include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, 3D work, programming, animation etc.. It will also provide the opportunity to identify the area of specialisation most relevant to your aspirations and ability. There will also be a structured programme of academic studies supported by a general core skills programme that will provide an English GCSE equivalent and prepare you for the demands of higher level study. The core skills will help you develop confidence and improve written and oral communication, as well as provide career planning, research skills and an understanding of art history and information technology.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, but you will need to have enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to further your education in the arts. If you wish to apply you will need to bring along a portfolio, of work, to an informal interview. This could contain any of the following: drawing, painting, craft work, photography, sculpture etc. Applicants will be required to complete an initial assessment to identify any support needs.


The course will begin in September and end in June, it runs for 3 days a week from Wednesday to Friday (15 hours pr week plus additional study time).

Future opportunities

This course will prepare you for study at HNC or HND, Foundation Degree or Honours Degree level in any creative subject of your choice. Many courses at this level are available at Cornwall College at our Camborne site.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 May 2015
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