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This course provides an exciting, well-established and challenging programme that helps adults of any age to engage and build confidence in their interest in art and design, and often helps them to make aspirational and life-changing decisions about their futures. The coursework is broad and varied to help students develop ideas and skills that pinpoint this progression and to assist them to build a new and focused portfolio suited to their interests. The programme runs over two years at Stroud, one year at Bristol. Attendance is two days a week at college, between 9:30 am and 3:30 pm, plus some work at home is required. The course usually has the same half terms and holidays as Gloucestershire schools. The course content gives you the opportunity to explore a range of different disciplines; this enables you to explore the scope of creative art and design education and to build practical and creative skills to develop your own creative toolkit. The core of the course is based on drawing in the widest sense of the word and includes life drawing. Diagnostic periods of study are allocated to painting, 3D sculpture, textile design, print making, 3D design, 2D design including graphics, and photography. Running parallel to these subjects is the opportunity to develop your own original work, which is so important in the creative industry today. Group tutorials will help you to look at other artwork and this will also be explored through looking at artists and designers through the different art and design disciplines. You will be helped to apply to university during year two and this will include help with portfolio development: assembling a portfolio of your work, including sketchbooks, notebooks and other evidence of study or creative activity, all of which could be submitted as part of an application for a higher education art and design course, for employment or to support an application to an exhibition. A full-time course is available subject to numbers at Stroud. The course is full-time at Bristol School of Art.
How will I know how I am doing?
The course is validated and moderated by Acentis Awards on behalf of the nationally recognised Access course scheme. Your final assessment is based on an ongoing assessment of all coursework units, 20 units in all, and a final exhibition of your work.
Maths & English
We offer core modules in Maths and English. Students take these in the evening and can take GCSE or Level 2.
You will be encouraged to exhibit your work in year one and year two (Stroud only), curating and exhibiting your own and others' work. There is help in college to develop your CV. In the past, students have taken part in exhibitions in the Museum in the Park and other local opportunities.
What can I do next?
Typically, this course leads to further study on academic or vocational courses at university level and, ultimately, to a career within the creative industries.
What are my career options?
There are a variety of career opportunities in the creative industries, such as in 2D or 3D fine art, design, graphics, media, illustration, product design, fashion and textiles, print making, teaching, curation, etc.
Course information last updated: Friday 26th February 2021 @ 8.30am (2 days ago)