Admissions phone lines are now open. Click here to find out how to contact us during August.
Formerly City College Brighton and Hove and Northbrook College

Art & Design | UAL Diploma in Art, Design and Media | Level 1

  • Apply

Course Code: FE0276-1C Course Type: 16+ college (full-time) Campus: West Durrington Campus Qualification: UAL Diploma Art and Design Level 1 Awarding Body: UAL

Why this course?

This hands-on course allows you to experience a broad range of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D work, textiles and fashion.

The course is delivered through practical studio-based activity, together with research into contemporary and historical design practice. You will learn practical skills such as working in sketchbooks, presenting work and building a portfolio. The course has core elements of academic study skills such as researching, analysing, delivering presentations and discussions.

You will develop the discipline of location drawing in museums and galleries. We will also support your ability to research into 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, interests and identify actions for areas you need to change or improve for further study.


Start dates

September 2020 Apply

Open events

Come along to one our open events to find out more about studying at the MET. You will be able to tour our facilities, meet our tutors, watch demonstrations and speak to current students.

These events take place in October and November from 5-7pm.

Find out more and register

Course costs

All 16+ (full-time) courses are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31 August of the year of entry. If you are 19+ and interested in studying this course, you can find out more about costs and financial support in the link below.

19+ fees

How to apply

We accept applications throughout the year, allowing you to apply up until the course starts.

You can also apply for as many colleges and courses as you wish - so keep your options open!

Find out more

Entry requirements

To study this level 1 course you need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths. 

A portfolio review with the course leader will be required.

Your portfolio of work must show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You may be expected to talk about a favourite artist, 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 Units

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to materials, processes and skills in art, design and media
  • Introduction to contextual research in art, design and media
  • Introduction to communication skills
  • Solving 2D creative problems
  • Solving time-based creative problems
  • Art, design and media project

Why the MET?

The MET's vibrant Visual Arts department has a broad range of staff who are all practising artists and designers involved in the region's buzzing art and design scene. Our staff are here help you realise your potential.  

Our experienced teaching staff are passionate about their areas of expertise and are committed to helping you to attain your learning goals and meet your personal aims. 

Northbrook MET is renowned for its creative industries courses. You will work in state-of-the-art artists’ studios with access to our 3D workshop, darkroom, printmaking studio, Mac suites and pattern cutting room. 

Without a doubt, one of the reasons we know you will love studying at Northbrook MET is the renowned creative facilities and atmosphere at our West Durrington Campus. The campus is a dedicated arts space, with the art & design courses running alongside theatre arts and music courses. You will collaborate with like-minded, passionate students and benefit from the various creative projects that take place, such as theatre shows, music gigs and art exhibitions. The campus is regularly used by professional creatives, which further highlights the quality of our industry-standard facilities.


Northbrook MET is renowned for its Creative Industries courses, which take place within the fantastic facilities at our West Durrington Campus. Our state-of-the-art studios and workshops are equipped for a wide range of art and design disciplines including painting and drawing, 3D design, textiles and fashion, graphics, printmaking, wood, metal, ceramics, plaster and photography. Our IT suites have Macs and PCs and our extensive learning resources facilitate the research that will accompany your practical work.


Work experience

Work experience or work related 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 of our 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 and Design or Level 2 programmes in Games Development 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.

Future careers include:

  • 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

Course costs

UK and EU students do not have to pay fees if they are under 19 on 31 August in the year they are studying.

More information about fees for college courses and financial support for 16-19 year olds can be found here.

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.

Share with a friend Looking good? Start your application Apply Back to results