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Covid-19 Update

Given the Covid-19 pandemic, the College calendar has been changed for the first term of the 2020/21 academic year and has introduced a two-week October half term break. This break is from Monday 19 to Friday 30 October during which time the College is closed to Learners. The College office will be open from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October (telephone/email enquiries open) and closed from Monday 26 October to Friday 30 October (telephone/email enquiries closed until Monday 2 November). From 2 November we are increasing the areas in which a face mask or covering is required to be worn.

What opportunities will this course give me?

This Level 3 Art, Design and Media programme will start to equip students for a career in the design industries; however the primary progression route at this stage is to a Pre-degree Foundation Diploma or direct entry to a Level 4 Higher Education programme e.g. Bachelor of Arts degree or a Foundation degree. This is because learners require further training before entry into the creative industries.

Students successfully completing Level 3 are eligible to progress onto a diverse range of university education programmes, for example fine art, photography, film and TV, fashion, graphic design, product design, illustration, animation, advertising, marketing, design crafts, games design and new media.

Most of our students take the opportunity to progress onto our one year Pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media (UAL) in order to build a specialist portfolio for application to their chosen Higher Education course at university.

What will I be learning?

Level 3 Art, Design and Media is delivered over two years. In the first year of the programme, students complete units for a Diploma. Upon successful completion of these units, students work towards completing the full Extended Diploma in Art, Design and Media in year two.

Students will learn and develop skills through the use of industry standard software and facilities, preparing them for higher education/employment. You will also be able to study aspects of professional practice within the art and design industry as part of the programme.

Projects will be professionally based and will allow you to explore design development, computer imaging techniques, visual recording techniques and visual communication methods. All assignments and projects are closely focused on individual and personal development within the visual arts area.

During the second year of the programme, students are given the opportunity to specialise and develop work within one of the following pathways: Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion and Textiles, Fashion Styling, Animation and Video Production.

Students will follow two individually chosen units in their chosen pathway and develop a body of work in preparation for progression. In year 2, students create their own Project Proposal; researching, developing and producing a body of work exploring a subject defined by each individual learner.

Why is this course for me?

We offer a unique programme of workshops in the first term, allowing students to gain experience in using the equipment and facilities within the department and develop focused technical knowledge. You will be assessed on your artwork and research skills through practical tasks and assignments. Level 3 is made up of a total of 18 units, with the opportunity to meet the requirements of units through a range of specialist assignment briefs. The programme hours will vary slightly throughout the initial workshop stage of the programme but the majority of the programme will be 15 hours per week. You will be required to work additionally on your assignment work outside of your main programme hours and students will have access to studio spaces and facilities during College hours to assist in this.

Assessment is by way of internally and externally (UAL awarding body) set assignments.

All students without a GCSE at grade A*-C or 9-4 in English or Maths will be required, as a condition of the programme, to undertake either a GCSE or Functional Skills programme.

The Level 3 18 unit structure means that, on successful completion, this programme is the equivalent of three A Levels (six AS Levels).

What do I need to sign up?

You should have a genuine interest in art, design or media and either 4 GCSEs at grade C / 4 or above, preferably including one or more from Art, Design, Graphics or CDT. A GCSE at grade C / 4 or above in English or Maths is also required. Level 2 qualifications in Art, Design & Media, such as a Level 2 Diploma, together with a recommendation from your tutor, will also be accepted.

Students should also have a good attendance and attainment reports from their previous school or college, and a portfolio of art and design or media work which you will need to bring to a college interview.

Is there anything else I need to know?

Students benefit from a range of local and national visits to exhibitions and galleries such as The Tate Modern and Tate Britain, London, The Pitt Rivers and Ashmolean Museums, Oxford. We will also visit local regional galleries such as The Pallant House Gallery, Chichester and The Southampton City Art Gallery. Other opportunities include guest lecturers and specialist workshops run by visiting artists, such as Fine Artist, Roy Brown, international Illustrator, Jonny Hannah RCA and Graphic Designer, Jodie Silsby.

You will be required to purchase an art kit and an A1 portfolio to equip you for your programme. Details and information about this will be provided at interview.

UAL Awarding Body is part of University of the Arts London and is the only specialist art, design and creative industries awarding organisation in England. They are selective about who they work with and seek to identify institutions who are innovative, creative and committed to arts education.

Application Information

Please note that all courses are subject to minimum numbers and course descriptions may be subject to change. A place on your chosen course is not confirmed until all of the necessary enrolment paperwork is signed and any relevant fees are paid. The team will be in touch to discuss this with you, once your application has been processed.

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24+: £2,245.00

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NDD1 Eastleigh College 6/9/2021 Full-Time Full-Time Full-Time   £2,245.00 Apply now

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Need some further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any of our courses, the College has a dedicated Careers Advisor who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1014