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ART & DESIGN
(GRAPHIC DESIGN)
Level 3

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CREATIVE DIGITAL
MEDIA PRODUCTION
Level 3

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Creative Arts

The Creative Industries Department offers specific industry-based courses, which were designed in consultation with industry experts.

The courses are delivered by dedicated and industry experienced teaching staff in excellent facilities including a Mac suite, darkroom and practical studio spaces, all of which have industry standard equipment.

You will study and learn in a variety of ways, including individual, small group and whole class productions, internet-based research and interaction with creative professionals. You will explore differing combinations of digital media, animation, photography, graphic design and game design.


Your studies will include:

  • The chance to exhibit your work at the annual Creative Industries Showcase & Exhibition
  • Guided support through workshops
  • Support with producing show reels and portfolios to demonstrate your skills and talent
  • Real world professional opportunities through work experience, working with clients, entering industry standard competitions and meeting professionals

Please note:

  • There will be a cost for trips and possibly other relevant items relating to your course
  • Financial help is available, please contact Client Services on 020 8651 1131 for more details

Art & Design – Level 2 First Extended Certificate

1 Year
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) including Art, English and Maths; or Level 1 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths
Assessment: A combination of internally assessed assignments plus externally assessed tasks that will be set and marked by Edexcel.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course will allow you the chance to experience a wide range of Art & Design principles and techniques, from drawing and painting to photography and graphic design. This course is very hands-on and will help you to develop and unlock your creative potential whilst honing your design skills. You will be introduced to specialist equipment and software to help you succeed and progress to Level 3 courses in the Creative Industries.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Introduction to specialist pathways
  • Developing an art and design portfolio
  • Visual arts briefs
  • Graphic design and photography briefs

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Progression on to one of our Level 3 courses in Graphic Design, Photography or Digital Media.
  • Apprenticeship
  • A range of specialist art, design and media jobs are possible

Art & Design (Graphic Design) – Level 3 Extended Diploma

2 Years / 168 UCAS points (Grade D*D*D*)
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths; or Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment: A combination of internal assignments and external tasks set and marked by Edexcel.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This is a specialist course that will help you to gain specific knowledge, understanding and skills using a range of Art & Design processes. This is a highly engaging and practical course which gives you the opportunity to use traditional and digital media in our industry standard facilities. It offers a good range of Art and Design units as well as specialist units from the professional field of Graphic Design.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Ideas and concepts in art and design
  • Graphic media
  • Techniques and technology
  • Words and images in graphic design
  • Typographic and layout design

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • A vast range of specialist roles relating to Graphic Design are possible within the creative industries sector.
  • Higher Apprenticeship in the industry

Art & Design (Photography) – Level 3 Extended Diploma

2 Years / 168 UCAS points (Grade D*D*D*)
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths; or Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment: A combination of internal assignments and external tasks set and marked by Edexcel.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is focused on developing your skills in contemporary photographic practice. You will discover a range of specialist photographic techniques along with wider art and design processes. You will develop technical and experimental skills in digital and traditional photography techniques to produce an exciting mix of print and digital work. With the opportunity of working on live briefs for real clients, you will gain practical knowledge and skills.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Photographic studio techniques
  • Lens-based image making
  • Image manipulation using computer applications
  • Experimental imagery in photography
  • Ideas and concepts in art and design

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate courses
  • Higher Apprenticeship in the industry
  • A vast range of specialist photographic jobs are possible

Art, Design & Contemporary Media – UAL* Level 4 Diploma in Art & Design – Foundation Studies

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1 Year
Entry Requirements: 2 A-Levels or equivalent and GCSE English and Maths grade 9-4 (A*-C) or Level 3 Extended Diploma in a related subject at Merit or above grade plus GCSE English and Maths grade 9-4 (A*-C).
Mature students (19+) who do not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply and bring a portfolio to their interview.
Assessment: Portfolio of practical work and written assignments

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
Aimed at post A-Level students as well as mature students with relevant experience or qualifications, this course is a required prerequisite for most university level creative subject areas.

You will study a very broad range that includes painting and drawing as well as workshops in 3D, traditional and non-traditional skills. There is a focus on materials, processes and methods as you develop your own considered approach. You will need to be self-motivated as you will be set challenging work.

Support and guidance is provided for portfolio preparation for UCAS applications or job interviews. The Foundation Studies qualification is nationally regulated by Ofqual and awarded by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body.

TOPICS INCLUDE

After a period of diagnostic and experimental workshops, you will specialise in a subject area:

  • Art History
  • Fine Art
  • Painting and Installation
  • Graphic Design and Illustration
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • 3D Design and Crafts
  • Animation
  • Photography
  • Theatre Design
  • Model Making and Prosthetics
  • Games Design
  • Architecture

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Honours/Foundation Degrees in a subject specialist pathway
  • HND courses in a subject specialist pathway
  • A very wide range of specialist art, design and media jobs are possible

* University of the Arts London Awarding Body

Creative Digital Media Production – Level 2 First Extended Certificate

1 Year
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) including English and Maths; or Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-3 (A*-D) in English and Maths
Assessment: Two of the units will be externally assessed via written exams and the other seven units via internally assessed assignments.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This exciting course offers you the opportunity to explore the Creative Industries sector. It will develop your creativity, confidence and your ability to think, question, and communicate. You will be working on practical projects that will develop your ideas and skills in Photoshop, digital photography, stop motion animation and video production.

This course prepares you to progress on to one of our specialist Level 3 courses.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Digital photography
  • Digital publishing
  • Animation
  • Video production and editing

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Progression on to one of our Level 3 courses in Digital Media, Games Design, Graphic Design or Photography
  • A junior role in the industry
  • Apprenticeship

Creative Digital Media Production – Level 3 Extended Diploma

2 Years / 168 UCAS points (Grade D*D*D)
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) including English and Maths; or Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths
Assessment: A combination of internally assessed assignments and externally-set and marked assessments.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
You will be making real products for real audiences including short films, documentaries, music videos, cross platform advertising and websites. You will learn about the diverse and changing digital media industries by exploring your own creativity, developing practical skills as well as your ability to think critically and communicate in different ways.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Video production
  • Cross-media advertising
  • Photography
  • Web design and app production
  • 3D animation
  • Digital film making

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • Undergraduate courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • A vast range of specialist media jobs are possible within the creative industries sector

Games Design – UAL* Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production & Technology

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2 Years / 168 UCAS Points (Grade D)
Entry Requirements: 5 GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) including Art or Design Technology, English and Maths; or Level 2 Diploma Merit/Distinction and GCSE grade 9-4 (A*-C) in English and Maths.
Mature students with or without formal qualifications are encouraged to apply.
Assessment: Portfolio of work

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
This course is a vocational alternative to the A-Level route and provides a practical approach to gaining the skills needed for progression into a career in the gaming industry. It will introduce you to both the creative and technical aspects of computer games and interactive product design through a variety of creative project briefs.

TOPICS INCLUDE

  • Games design, development and production
  • Graphic design
  • Animation (2D and 3D)
  • Computer game platforms and technologies
  • Sound production
  • Programming

WHAT’S NEXT?

  • BA Honours Degrees
  • Level 4 Foundation Diploma
  • Employment as a Games Designer

* University of the Arts London Awarding Body


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