If you’re completely new to art and design but would like to get stuck in straight away, then this introductory, Level 1 Diploma is the ideal place to begin. It’s designed specifically to develop a foundation of practical skills and knowledge in art and design, helping you to progress onto higher levels of study.
You’ll get to work on a diverse range of creative assignments, covering areas such as animation, print, fashion, photography and mixed media. Some projects will include live briefs, giving you the chance to work directly with employers and develop first hand experience.
As part of the course, you’ll also develop a host of essential study skills that will help you through any subject or future employment, including how to research effectively, how to think creatively, how to manage your time, and how to work well in a team. As with nearly all of our creative qualifications this diploma is awarded by University of the Arts London Awarding Body - the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK.
You’ll need to have at least two GCSEs at grade G or above to enrol on this course, and be willing to participate in Functional Skills classes in Maths & English. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements.
If you’re an adult learner, you’ll be able to join us on this Level 1 Diploma without previous qualifications if you can attend an interview and show us your ability to cope with the demands of study, based on your previous experience, commitment and interests.
How will I be assessed?
For this Level 1 Diploma, you’ll be assessed through a series of integrated art & design projects. All assessment briefs are designed to combine your practical skills and creative thinking. You may also take part in some presentations, group discussions and computer workshops.
Continuing Your Journey
After completing this Level 1 Diploma in Art & Design, the ideal next step is to progress onto our Level 2 course, right here at The Manchester College. You’ll be able to advance your creative abilities and develop your expertise further with more independent and challenging projects.
You’ll also continue to learn the essential skills that will help you succeed in any career in the design & visual arts industry, whether you’d like to be an animator or a prop maker, a fashion designer or a tattooist.
Fees, Finance & Funding
Most equipment for this course will be provided, but you’re expected to buy your own materials for the Final Major Project. Any trips or visits are usually funded by yourself, but can be subsidised by the college at times.
If you are required to pay any fees for this course, or you need help affording college, there are a number of different finance and funding options available that are specially designed to help you. These range from grants and bursaries to dedicated loans for education. You can find out more on our fees, finance & funding page.
Got a question?
Do you want to ask us about something specifically on this course, or find out more about the possible career opportunities this qualification can help you get?
Whatever questions you might want to ask, big or small, our course enquiry team is more than happy to help! Just send us a message or give us a call here.
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