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Art and Design

Art, Design and Media Diploma Level 1

  • Course Type: Diploma

What can this course lead to?

Potential progression after the course; Level 2 Art and Design or Level 2 Creative Media Production and Technology Diploma .

Who is it for?

This course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your drawing and creative media skills while exploring a range of projects.

You will explore the fundamentals of drawing, painting, and mixed media work as well as 3 dimensional design. The projects will be fur­ther devel­oped through the use of Creative Media. You will be able to explore using your digital skills to extend your projects.

Specific projects will include Still Life, Landscape and Portrait Drawing and Painting, print making techniques including Lino cutting and stencil printing. Creative media projects will include typography, working with­in a defined grid, time based mediums including animation or film.

What is covered?

You will study a range of units including:

Units 1-2 (1st project):
Developing Drawing Skills: Fundamentals of Drawing

Elements and Principles of Art: Abstract design based on sound/ music. Infinity Records Album cover design.

Linking the portraiture from Art & Design into this assignment requires learners to use the grid method to draw a portrait for the EP cover exploring mixed media and different techniques, then move it to the graphic design grid system to apply the typography for the EP name.

Link units 1-2 with EP cover assignment - developing EP cover comps to scale using a selected grid system to develop an idea for the EP cover. Using the grid method of drawing to develop a piece of artwork or illustration for the EP cover and then applying it to a graphic design grid to layout the EP cover.

Unit 3: Evaluations, analysis, Peer feedback.

Unit: 4 (second project): Graphic design and Typography ( Contextual research into graphic designers and visual artists) David Carson and Neville Brody for graphic design influences. Visual artists Wassily Kandinsky, Melissa McCracken

Pencil sketch composition of an idea. Grid system in graphics and in art. Creating an album cover design for Infinity Records EP using a combination of type and imagery/drawing. This will include experience within creating a logo design covering combination marks, wordmarks, lettermarks etc. to establish a visual identity for the album cover.

Unit: 5 (fourth project): Paper cutting, Lino print, Tunnel book, relief building. Devise a story based on a theme.

Unit: 6 (third project): Stop motion animation either clay or paper-based on a story produced in Unit 5. Using Adobe Photoshop or Premiere for animation.

Drawn stop motion animation session. The session will start with learners developing an idea for an animation involving a single object or character using mixed mediums to explore tone and colour. Two simple principles of animation will be taught to the learners. Then the learners will storyboard the object or character using these principles of animation. Once the principles have been covered and the storyboard drawn out learners will spend time drawing the objects using mixed mediums to be scanned onto the computer. Then using Photoshop animation techniques will be taught to the group to make an animation.

Unit: 7 (fifth project): FMP based on 3 themes mind maps by students. In this FMP you can either choose a Creative Media (digital) pathway, or an Art & Design (mixed medium) pathway.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

3 GCSEs at grades 2/E including English, maths or equivalent of Functional Skills Level 1 pass.

This course requires an interview/informal chat before a place can be offered, and before your interview you will need to submit a portfolio of artwork to demonstrate your artistic strengths. However, if you do not have a portfolio of work or examples of your own personal creativity

You will receive a summer assignment to be completed between June and the start of the course in September which you will need to complete.

Start date: 02/09/2024

Course Code
1 Year
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