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Art and Design Level 1 Diploma at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

On Progression 1 Art and Design you will develop a range of art and design skills using a variety of methods and techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpture, mixed media, stitch and graphics. Your skills and knowledge will be linked to research that you will complete about artists and designers that relate to the projects. The research into artists and designers will be used to inspire and extend your artwork and your knowledge of art and design.

The project briefs provided will relate to an art and design area of work and will provide the basis for you to extend and develop your skills, knowledge and ideas individually, working in a team and to a time scale. All projects are coursework based.

English and maths will be included in this programme up to Level 2. You will study GCSE and/or Functional Skills to ensure that you have the entry requirements to progress onto a Level 2 course.

Course content

The units that you will cover during this course include:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and skills in art, design and media.
  • Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art, design and media.
  • Unit 3: Introduction to communication skills in art, design and media.
  • Unit 4: Solving 2D creative problems.
  • Unit 5: Solving 3D creative problems.
  • Unit 6: Solving time-based problems.
  • Unit 7: Art, design and media project - Level 1.

Entry requirements

The Progression 1 Art and Design programme is a course for students who have grades E and below in maths and English.


Your achievement in this subject is dependent upon excellent attendance, punctuality and effort. The Progression 1 Art and Design course consists of seven units for which you will be assessed regularly, usually at the end of each project with both written feedback and a one to one tutorial about your progress.

Future opportunities

The Progression 1 Art and Design course will provide preparation for further study at Level 2, such as the Progression 2 in Art and Design course or an Apprenticeship.

During the course you will create a portfolio of diverse art and design work which can be taken to interview.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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