Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Art & Design - Level 1 (UAL Diploma)

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Course Code: FE0095-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: Central Brighton Campus Start Date: September 2019 Duration: 1 Year Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our Art & Design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of areas including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills. You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to develop the skills to progress to the creative industries with energy and the confidence to thrive.

Brighton is renowned for its creativity and our creative industry facilities live up to that reputation. Our extensive range of specialist art studios and workshops are spacious and well-equipped. Our digital arts facilities are top-of-the-range and include a graphic design suite, 3D multimedia suite with motion capture, video studio and equipment, plus traditional dark rooms for photography. We also have Brighton’s cheapest art shop right here on campus.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 1 or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

Your portfolio of work must show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You may be expected to talk about a favourite artist or designer, a piece of art work which has inspired you, or how you have developed your ideas. You will be required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work, as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time, your hobbies and any work experience you have completed.

Entry requirements

Course content

You will develop the discipline of location drawing in museums and galleries.

We will support you to research different artists and designers, and develop language and literacy skills through writing about your own work and ideas development.

We can also help you to identify your strengths and interests, whilst supporting you to improve in all areas required for progression in the creative industries.

Course Units

  • Introduction to art, design and media
  • Digital skills such as Photoshop
  • Drawing, painting and printmaking
  • 3D
  • Photography
  • Fashion and textiles
  • Research skills

Assessment

To pass the course you must pass all of the units.

An overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is awarded for the final qualification.

Parental/carer consultations during the year are welcomed and valued. There are a number of consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide the opportunity for parents/carers to gain feedback on their son/daughters’ progress made at college.

Facilities

The Visual Arts department at Brighton MET has an extensive and well-equipped range of practical working environments and art studios.

3D printer, laser cutting machine, large scale ink jet printer, Canon EOS DSLR cameras, Mac animation suite, photographic suite.

Plaster, ceramics and glass workshops, printmaking workshop (screen, lino, metal and dry point etching).

3D wood, metal and plastics workshop including a forge, a pattern cutting room and fashion studio.

Facilities

Work experience

Work experience enables you to develop links with employers, and put all of your skills, knowledge and experience into practice. It provides excellent portfolio content where you can demonstrate how you have taken your learning and applied it in a real setting. This will ensure you have a professional portfolio and provides the extra engagement employers and universities want to see.  

Work experience can take a variety of forms such as work with an external company or work related experience working on live projects e.g. commissioned work from an internal or external client.

Your tutors will help and support you to find work experience, however you may wish to use your own contacts to secure your placement.  

We encourage all students to take part in volunteering – this is great for your CV and demonstrates your willingness to give back something to your community.


What's next?

This course prepares you to go on to a more advanced course such as the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, or Level 2 creative media programmes in filmmaking or digital arts. 

Successful completion of a Level 2 course can lead onto study at Level 3 and then onto university, employment or an apprenticeship. 

With further training or study, you may consider the following range of careers: 

  • Graphic designer 
  • Illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Animator
  • Fashion designer or maker
  • Textiles designer, maker for printed, woven, embroidered fashion or furnishing fabrics
  • 3D designer, maker, jewellery designer or product designer
  • Interior designer

Additional information

In addition to studying art and design, if you do not have GCSE grade 3 or above in English or maths you will study for a relevant English and/or maths qualification (Functional Skill or GCSE).

Entry to the course includes a portfolio review with the course leader. Your portfolio of work must show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You may be expected to talk about a favourite artist or designer; a piece of art work which has inspired you or how you have developed your ideas.

Additional costs

You may be required to purchase some basic materials to support your learning such as a note pad and pen.

There may be some trips planned in the year which may incur incidental costs.  

You may need to purchase resources and materials appropriate to the presentation of your work, especially for the final major project and final show.

Potential
Careers

Potential Careers

Artist

Typical Tasks:

  • Conceives and develops ideas and ways of working for artistic composition.
  • Selects appropriate materials, medium and method.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings or colour schemes.
  • Builds up composition into finished work by carving, sculpting, etching, painting, engraving, drawing, etc.
  • Approaches managers of galleries and exhibitions in order to get finished work displayed.
  • Uses artistic skills to restore damaged artworks.
  • Liaises with writers and publishers to produce book illustrations.
  • Markets and sells finished work directly to customers.
  • Produces works on commission basis for clients.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

1752 Available opportunities -1.8% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,706

AVERAGE £26,735

POTENTIAL £48,282

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics
  • Monitoring
  • Science

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Graphic designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to clarify aims of project brief, discusses media, software and technology to be used, establishes timetable for project and defines budgetary constraints.
  • Undertakes research into project, considers previous related projects and compares costs of using different processes.
  • Prepares sketches, scale drawings, models, colour schemes and other mock-ups to show clients and discusses any required alterations.
  • Prepares specification and instructions for realisation of the project.
  • Liaises with other parts of the production team to ensure graphic design fits with other elements, processes and timescales.
  • Produces or oversees creation of the final product.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

374 Available opportunities 3.6% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £18,077

AVERAGE £24,648

POTENTIAL £39,039

Desired Skills:
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Active Learning
  • Monitoring
  • Learning Strategies
  • Mathematics

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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Product, clothing or related designer

Typical Tasks:

  • Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product.
  • Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products.
  • Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client.
  • Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations.
  • Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product.
  • Observes and manages intellectual property issues.
This data is from EMSI and applies to London and the South East, and it does not account for self-employment.

Industry Insights

282 Available opportunities 4% Rise in employment is expected by 2019 in the South East.
Salaries

ENTRY £17,004

AVERAGE £23,790

POTENTIAL £38,415

Desired Skills:
  • Active Learning
  • Critical Thinking
  • Mathematics
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Speaking
  • Monitoring
  • Writing
  • Active Listening
  • Learning Strategies
  • Science

Current Vacancies on Indeed

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