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Art and Design (Level 1)

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Art and Design (Level 1)

This is a general art and design course where you will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of media such as clay, drawing, darkroom processes, and printmaking. It will develop your creative skills for progression on to a Level 2 qualification and also help build your written skills whilst you study English and/or maths alongside.

The course is made up of 7 units – the first 6 are designed to develop your creative skills through lots of experimentation, and build your understanding before you begin an independent project in for the final unit.

Maths and English, work experience and enrichment activities are run alongside, which are compulsory and make up your full study programme.

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Course information

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Entry requirements

3 GCSEs grades 9-1 and a keen interest in the subject .

Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.

A portfolio of work will be required at the interview process.

What qualification will I gain?

You will gain a Level 1, Diploma in Art, Design and Media.

How will I be assessed?

You will be formatively assessed on a regular basis.

Course content

What will I study?

  • 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 creative problems
  • Unit 7 Art, design and media project

What skills will I gain?

A wide range of creative and problem solving skills.


Next steps

Course progression:

Students from this course have gone on to study a level 2 in a creative subject.

Career progression:

Students from this course have also gone on to apprenticeships and to employment.

Additional information

Trips and Equipment

There are approximately three trips per year to relevant art and galleries and museums, mainly in the midlands area.  Students are expected to provide their own essential materials for which a kit list will be provided at induction.  Bursaries are available for materials and trips on application

Any questions?

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Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 09/09/2024
Type: Full Time
Length: 1 year
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
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Fees: 16-18 Yrs: Fully Funded 19+ Yrs: Fully Funded*

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Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.


Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.


Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 to order your copy.