Vocational Course

Art & Design Level 3

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About this course

Art and Design is a competitive and exciting field that suits individuals who are passionate, creative and resourceful and who enjoy experimenting with ideas and solving problems.

This multi-disciplinary course offers a range of specialist Art and Design pathways including Fine Art, 3D Design, Graphics, and Textiles.

After completing a broad first year you will choose specific pathways in Year 2 and the course will be tailored to your individual interests and progression options.

You will learn how to use both 2D and 3D visual language, as well as develop an understanding of the importance of historical and contextual influences on contemporary artists and designers.

To further enhance your employability skills there will be opportunities for you to complete a one week work placement.

This compulsory aspect of the course gives you the chance to apply the knowledge gained in class to the real world of work.

You will also experiment with materials & processes and explore your own creativity through practical assignments.

What will I learn?

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation in Art and Design
  • Design Methods in Art and Design
  • Personal and Professional Development in Art and Design
  • Art and Design Specialist Contextual Investigation
  • Words and Images in Graphic Design
  • Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas
  • Painting in Fine Art
  • Printmaking
  • Exploring / Extending Specialist Techniques
  • Developing and Realising Design Craft Ideas
  • Surface Pattern

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the course by submitting practical work on completion of each project.

What do I need?

You will need to achieve at least 5 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English.

Alternative Requirement: a relevant Level 2 qualification may also be considered

Where can it take me?

  • Halesowen College - Graphics, Web Design & Multimedia HNC or choose from a range of HNC/D, Foundation Degrees and professional qualifications
  • University - related degree, such as Art, Printmaking, Ceramics, Graphic Design, and Photography
Graphic Designer
Fine Artist
Jewellery Designer
Theatre Set Designer
Textile Designer

Additional Information

A portfolio of artwork that demonstrates your ability and passion for subject may be required at your interview.

There are numerous trips to local and national galleries including New Art Gallery Walsall, The Pitt Rivers Museum Oxford, the V&A, Tate Modern and the Natural History Museum in London.

There is a residential field trip at the end of the first year.