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Diploma in Art, Design and Media (Beginners) - Level 1


This course is designed for those with a proven interest in art, design and media and a desire to explore their creative potential.

You will explore a wide range of art and design activities that may include developing practical skills in painting and drawing, computers in art and 3D design, printmaking and ceramics

This course is an introduction to art, design and media that could lead to a variety of programmes at a higher-level. This may include a Level 2 qualification in Art and Design or a Level 2 qualification in Creative Media Production.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20221 yr(s)1684A1235FREE£500.00** EApply

E You may be eligible for fee exemption depending on your circumstances. Please see our adult finance and funding page for more information.

What will I study?

  • Painting and drawing
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Graphics and 3D Design
  • Photography
  • Product design

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of two GCSEs at grade 2 in English language and maths.
  • An appropriate art portfolio which showcases a range of creativity.

Applicants aged over 19:

  • If you do not have the entry requirements listed above you may still be accepted to study if you can provide relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

1 year.

How will I be assessed?

  • Continuous assessment throughout the course
  • Workshops
  • Assignments
  • Coursework
  • Internal and external verification

What can I progress onto?

  • Diploma in Art and Design Skills (Intermediate) - Level 2
  • Creative Media Skills (Digital Arts) (Intermediate) - Level 2
  • Creative Media Skills (Film and Television) (Intermediate) - Level 2


How do I apply?

Apply online

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