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Art & Design UAL Level 3 at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Art & Design?

The course equips students with a diverse range of skills to develop creative ideas within a wide variety of specialist areas. Students are encouraged to explore and experiment with both traditional and mixed medias to create innovative and original work.

After an initial induction period, where students experience all areas of art and design (including Fine Art, Textiles, 3D Design, and Photography), they develop skills within their chosen specialisms to create a more in-depth portfolio. Through bespoke areas of study, students develop their own style and artistic personality.

To aid students in reaching their full potential, the college boasts industry-standard workshop facilities and all we ask is that students provide their own materials and drawing equipment. To further enhance studies at college, our students must participate in work experience.

Enrichment opportunities include gallery visits, sculpture park trip, visiting artists and designers, practical workshops, and trips to Manchester and Liverpool for gaining primary research. The idea behind our enrichment is to create an authentic feel, and allow students to see first-hand art and design in action.

The pass rate for 2018 on this course was 100%, with 90% of students achieving high grades, and 33% achieving Distinction.

What will I study?

Over 2 years you will be introduced to a broad range of materials, techniques and processes within a variety of specialist art areas. You will have access to fantastic facilities such as Mac suites, photography studios and darkroom, a 3D workshop, a print room, textiles workrooms and fine art studios. After a broad start to the course, you can then choose to specialise in specific areas such as:

  • Drawing, life drawing and painting
  • 3D design in a variety of materials e.g. wood, metal, ceramics
  • Art history
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Graphic design
  • Photography involving the full use of the darkroom
  • Printmaking including silk screen printing, lino and mono-printing
  • Using galleries and exhibitions to initiate research ideas

Entry requirements

For access to our Advanced Vocational courses, our entry requirements are 5 x Grade 4 equivalent (5 x Grade 4 or C). This should include Maths or English (Language or Literature) at Grade 4, and no less than a 3 in the other.

For Art & Design specifically, this should include EITHER:

  • Grade 4 GCSE Art; OR
  • Grade 4 GCSE Graphic Products; OR
  • Grade 4 Textiles Technology


How is the course assessed?

A portfolio of evidence, which is internally assessed, and externally moderated. Students are set theme-based projects designed to develop visual language, research skills, 2D and 3D problem solving, and critical and contextual awareness in Art & Design.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

You can progress on to university to study a range of courses including: graphic design, animation, games design, concept design, book illustration, theatre design, interior design, photography, to name but a few. We aim to prepare all of our students for progression in to an Art and Design related course at Further and Higher education. Successful progressions from our students include London College of Fashion, Falmouth University, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Where are you going?

  • Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Pattern Designer

Further information

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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: 02 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: LVEDART

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