BTEC L1 Diploma in Vocational Studies – Art & Design



Duration: 1 year. The Introductory Diploma is constructed to enable you to achieve 37 credits across the range of units of work and subjects necessary for achieving this level 1 Diploma. The units will cover a broard programme of subjects; print, textiles, graphics, painting, drawing, 2D, 3D and Functional Skills.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will undertake the following units: Working with others, Researching a topic, Being organised, Developing a personal progression plan, Creating an art image, Creating a mood board, Creating prints, Creating an animation, Organise a meeting, Contribute to running an event

Am I right for the course?

You should enjoy learning about art and design, working with materials to make your own art, exploring with clay, paint, textiles, inks and paint. You will print, paint, construct, design and draw producing work on a variety of scales. You will learn to record your work by illustrating and writing ideas in your sketchbooks. Computer based studies will enable you to produce visual records of your work and you will gain a working knowledge of Photoshop software and image manipulation. If you are passionate about art, want to explore art and design from a 2D and 3D perspective and build on your experience to move onto a level 2 programme, then this is the course for you.

You should have an interest in art and design and three GCSEs at grade E or above, preferably including Art at grade D or above. Entry will be based on a good reference and we will want to see examples which demonstrate your drawing skills.

There are no written exams on this course. Formative assessments are carried out on a continuous basis, internally by your tutors and you will be awarded your level of achievement for completed units of work at designated times throughout the year. Marks are checked through internal inspection and external verification procedures also at set points during the year.

Additionalities will be built in as appropriate to your programme of learning. Learners that have yet to obtain a grade 4 or above in GCSE English and maths will study either Functional Skills or GCSE. Literacy and Numeracy are embedded into classroom based tasks.

A range of enthusiastic staff, highly experienced in their specialist areas. All are committed to ensure you are guided in the right way in order to achieve at a high level enabling you to progress onto level 2 in Art and Design programmes.

What Next?

With further training or study, students could progress to careers such as advertising, marketing, graphic design, fabric or textile design, photography, interior design, animation, in fact this course could be the beginning of any Art or Design based career.

Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design or Media or alternative courses at the college.

All of our Art, Fashion & Design courses prepare you for an exciting career within the creative industries, with many students going on to study degrees at prestigious universities.

Potential careers:

  • Animator
  • Costume Designer
  • Ceramicist
  • Fashion/ Clothing Designer
  • Fashion Illustrator
  • Fine Artist
  • Games Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Interactive Web Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Model Maker/ Special Effects
  • Photographer
  • Product Designer
  • Stage/Set Designer
  • Technical Illustrator
  • Textile Designer

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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