Level 1 Diploma in Art and Design

This course provides an introduction to studying Art and Design in such a lively and creative environment.

Working in our specialist studio spaces, you will create an exciting portfolio of work across a number of areas including painting, printmaking, drawing, 3D design, textiles, ceramics and mixed media.

You will also have the opportunity to develop your GCSE English and maths skills or functional skills, alongside your course and complete a 2D or 3D project.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

The course will start in September and will take one year to complete.

What will I study?

You will cover the following units:

  • Exploring Ceramics
  • Exploring drawing
  • Exploring painting
  • Exploring printmaking
  • Exploring 3D design
  • Exploring mixed media
  • Self-management skills
  • Planning and running an enterprise activity
  • Carrying out a 2D or 3D project
  • Personal project

How is it assessed?

You will create work for a range of practical assignments and projects that will be assessed internally and/or externally.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have four GCSEs at grade 2 (equivalent to grade E) or above, preferably including an art and design based subject, a strong interest in art and design and an eagerness to learn.

Achieving a good standard of English and maths is a key requirement for many jobs, as well as for courses you may wish to progress on to. If you achieve below a grade 4 in your English and/or maths GCSEs at school, you will study it alongside your chosen course when you join us.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated financial support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Once you have successfully completed this course, you will have the opportunity to advance your skills and knowledge by progressing on to:

  • Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design

Ref: David Ballantyne



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Why study a Supported Internship Programme with us?

Develop Key Skills

Develop your English, maths, communication and employability skills.


You are fully supported by a Job Coach, Mentor and Employability Tutor.

Enhance CV

You will have gained valuable experience to add to your CV.

Paid Employment

This programme could lead to paid employment.

Be Social

You'll meet new people and develop a wider social circle.

Increased Confidence

You will have increased your levels of confidence and independence.

Why study Art and Design with us?

Creative Environment

You will develop your skills and creative voice in specialist studios and workshops.

Exploration of Techniques

You will explore a wide range of materials, techniques and skills to enhance your portfolio. 

Work Experience

You will have the opportunity to work on live projects and briefs with local employers.


You will take regular trips to galleries, lectures and workshops for inspiration.

Employer Links

You will be taught by industry experts with strong local and national employer links.

Progression Routes

Our excellent progression routes can lead to an apprenticeship, university or employment.