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Art & Design Diploma Level 1

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Develop your drawing, printmaking, animation and design skills whilst working on a variety of projects throughout the year, finishing with your own final project, which you will develop and manage independently. You will explore different media and techniques including drawing, painting, printmaking, spartial design and model making.


What Does The Programme Include

There are no formal exams as part of the this course. Your coursework will make up a diverse portfolio which you can use for future interviews. You will complete a number of projects throughout the year, each gradually building your skills and structured with detailed weekly step-by-step plans, notes and reviewing of your own work to support your creative development.

Entry Requirements

3 GCSEs at grades 2/​E including English or maths or equivalent. You will also need to bring your own artwork to your interview to demonstrate your artisitc strengths.

Worried about your grades?

Whatever your results, we want to assure you that extenuating circumstances will be considered should you not have the grades indicated above. 

We will review each application on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suitable for you.

One of the ways we do this is through a very effective 6 weeks to success programme’ that operates from the first day you start your course. This includes support such as (but not limited to):

  • Allowing you to change courses if you change your mind in the first 6 weeks
  • Moving you between course levels if you are finding your current level too easy /​too hard
  • Incorporating English and maths GCSE resits in to your timetable if you don’t meet the grades you need
  • One-to-one reviews with your academic tutor to ensure you are progressing and achieving well

Our course enquiries and admissions team are available remotely throughout this unprecedented period. They can be contacted at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any further questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Asssesment is completed through a portfolio of evidence which will be internally assessed. You can utilise your porfolio to take to University or job interviews to showcase your abilities. Your projects will be assessed as you complete them, and you will receive detailed feedback and a set of targets as to where you need to develop your skills as you begin the next project. This structure will help you steadily improve your art and design skills and arrive at the final project with a far greater level of self-confidence.

Additional Information

Although no formal work experience is required you are encouraged to take up opportunities to develop your professional knowledge through placements and competitions. Where possible, we will utilise local and distant trips to support your studies. This may well require additional costs to cover the transport, but we will give you plenty of warning as to when trips will be coming up. Throughout the year, the college has a host of visiting groups and lecturers giving talks, a timetable of these events will be on the wall in the studio at the start of term.

Potential Future Career

On successful completion of this course, you could progress to the Art and Design Diploma Level 2.

Course Content

You will study a range of units including:

  • Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art and design
  • Unit 3: Introduction to communication skills in art and design
  • Unit 4: Solving 2D creative problems
  • Unit 5: Solving 3D creative problems
  • Unit 6: Solve time-based creative problems
  • Unit 7: Developing and producing a personal project in art and design


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