Art & Design | Level 1
Why this course?
Do you have creative flair and like to use your imagination? Based within the exciting and vibrant creative industries department, this course will give you the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration. With projects across all these different areas, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. If you are looking for a career in the creative industries but are unsure what area that will be, these are the courses for you. Including industry-based projects and work experience opportunities, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to your future career with the energy and confidence to thrive.
- Northbrook College is renowned for its creative industries courses
- State-of-the-art studios and workshops
- Facilities for a wide range of art and design disciplines
- Industry-experienced teachers
To start at this level you need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.
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.
About this course
You will build your skills in a wide variety of areas including drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics and illustration. With projects across all these different areas, you will discover your strengths and define your future path. If you are looking for a career in the creative industries but are unsure what area that will be, these are the courses for you. Industry-based projects and work experience opportunities are part of each course curriculum, enabling you to further develop the skills to progress to a career in the creative industries with the energy and confidence to thrive.
- 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 Creative Industries 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 College 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 College 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 College 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.
After this course
Successful completion of a level 2 course can lead onto study at level 3 and then onto university, employment or an apprenticeship.
- Designer: fashion/textile/graphic/interior
- 3D designer: jewellery/ceramics/craft/product design
- Retail designer/curator
- Creative director/entrepreneur
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.
This course is free (you do not have to pay fees) if:
- You are a UK citizen, hold EU Settlement Status or have a visa which could qualify you for home status.
- AND you are under 19 on 31 August in the year you are studying.
You may not have to pay any fees if you will be aged 19 or over when you begin this course and:
- You are in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- OR you are receiving a means tested benefit, earning less than £343 per month (take home) if you are a sole claimant or £549 a month if you have a joint claim with your partner, and are completing the course to improve your employability
- OR if you are working and earn less than £17,004 per year (gross pay)
You will need to provide evidence and sign a declaration when you enrol.
Course is free if you meet the following criteria
If you will be aged 19-23 when your course begins and you have not already achieved a full Level 2 or above, you may not have to pay any fees.
If the above does not apply to you, you may still be eligible for a subsidised fee. For more information, please speak to our Admissions team: email@example.com | 01273 667704
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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.