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Art and Design Level 1 Award and Diploma at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This exciting 1 year course will appeal to students who have an interest in creativity and in the world of the Creative Arts. It is aimed at engaging students seeking practical study but who might need to build confidence or rediscover their enjoyment in education before progressing onto employment or higher level courses. The Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design is designed to provide an opportunity to inspire, explore, develop and test creativity. This course will cover a broad range of arts subjects in both 2D and 3D. The 1 year project-based course encourages independence and builds confidence in those who prefer a practical approach to study.

Course content

The course comprises seven units covering a variety of experimentation in:

  • Drawing
  • Photography
  • Ceramics, transfers and glazing
  • Model-making
  • Fine art installation
  • Painting
  • Textiles and surface pattern
  • Print-making
  • Plaster work and casting
  • Interior design
  • Planning, evaluation and developing final pieces at a professional level
  • Planning and selling of your own work
  • Live projects engaging with the community
  • Discussions about society, progression and well-being
  • How to become more employable

The course culminates in the final major project at the end of the summer term, where the work will be displayed in a public exhibition

Entry requirements

A portfolio of work to present at interview. Additionally, learners should be punctual and committed to work. To be open to new ideas. No qualifications are necessary for this course, although enthusiasm is a must!


You will be shown how to research and develop your ideas creatively, watch demonstrations and discuss topics with your tutors at all times. You will be guided in the research and planning of projects and will be able to access specialist facilities. You will record and develop ideas in sketchbooks, which will also be used to contribute to the learning process.

Future opportunities

If you would like to continue your studies you can progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design or Level 2 Diploma in Games Design. It is also possible to change subjects into other level 2 courses.

Many students have progressed from level 1 up through the levels then gone to university and been employed in well paid jobs or started up successful businesses. A career in art is diverse and can include careers in graphic design, illustration, website design, teaching, museum studies and curating, set design, youth work, art therapy and photography as well as work in the ceramics, textiles, fashion industries. The skills and confidence gained on this course will help you find what direction you want to go in, and how to get there.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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