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Study Programme - Art and Design Level 1, 2 & 3

In Partnership with – YSI Yorkshire Sculpture International and The Art House 2019

Course Name 
Study Programme - Art and Design Level 1, 2 & 3Available for applications
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 1
Level Level 2
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year (Level 1 & 2) 2 years (Level 3)
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body UAL (University of Arts London) (Level 1 & 2), BTEC (Level 3)
Offering Code DPL1AAD1F000 DPL2ART1F000 DEL3AAD1F000
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential No
Day Trips Yes
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Mandatory Placement Yes
Programme Design and Overview

This creative and exciting pathway is aimed at broadening and expanding your specialist artistic art and design skills to a very high standard in areas such as drawing, design generation, painting, 3-dimensional design, printmaking, ceramics, surface design and digital applications. Working within a creative studio environment and IT suites, you will develop artistic knowledge, self-confidence, communication, time-management and presentation skills, resulting in a professional portfolio and body of work.

Exploring the work and ideas of other artists and designers is key to underpinning all assignment work and aiding independent idea generation and development. Level 1 and 2 include industrial links and live briefs to develop wider communication skills, team work, confidence, resilience and time management. Level 3 has a mandatory work placement aspect that requires you to seek an art related work placement which may include participation in the local 'Art Walk'.

Future Career and Earning Potentials:
Art gallery curator £18K-£40K, Art Therapist £30K-£44K, Interior Designer £18K-£44K, Architect £27K-£90K
(Source: National Careers Service)

Please Note: Work placement opportunities will be available at all levels.


What you will Study

Samples of some of the units you may study are:

Level 1
• Drawing and Mark Making
• Ideas Generation
• Printmaking
• Surface Pattern
• 3-D Exploration
• Time-based
• Communication

Level 2
• Creative Mark Making and Mixed Media Exploration
• Printmaking
• Observational Drawing
• Introduction to Colour Theory and Painting
• 3-Dimensional Design
• Time-based Media
• Photography and Photoshop

On completion of the above course with relevant entry requirements, progression opportunities include Level 3 qualifications in: Art and Design; Photography; Fashion and Textiles; Graphic Design.

Level 3
• Drawing from Observation
• Printmaking
• Colour Theory and Painting
• 3-Dimensional Design
• Ceramics
• Photography
• Surface Pattern and Textiles
• Personal and Professional development

How you will Learn

Through a series of thought-provoking topics and themes, diverse assignments/live briefs and practical workshops, led by friendly, supportive and experienced staff.

All students will have the opportunity to visit and explore local galleries and surrounding areas such as the Hepworth, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds City Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute.

Past industry links include: The Orangery; Burberry; Cannon Hall Farm; The Art House; The Ridings; Wakefield Bid; Art Walk Wakefield; Yorkshire Sculpture International.

Course Structure
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Theory based: 15% 20% 20%
Practical work: 75% 70% 70%
Work placement: 10% 10% 10%
How you will be Assessed

You will be continually assessed by your tutors throughout the academic year, and an external moderator will verify and confirm your final grades.

Level 1 - will complete Units 1 – 6 which are graded at a Pass, and Unit 7 is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and will determine the overall grade for the course.

Level 2 - will complete Units 1 – 7 which are graded at a Pass, and Unit 8 is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction and will determine the overall grade for the course.

Level 3 - year 1 will complete mandatory Units which are graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction and 2 externally assessed units. Year 2 will complete further mandatory Units graded at a Pass, Merit or Distinction and 2 externally assessed units. The combination of grades from both years will determine the overall grade for the course.

Entry Requirements

Level 1
No formal qualifications required 

Level 2
3 GCSEs 9-3 including English or maths
Level 1 Art and Design 

Level 3
4 GCSEs 9-4, including English or maths
4 GCSEs at 9-4 and Level 2 in either English or maths
Successful completion of Level 2 or equivalent at Merit grade, plus GCSE English or maths at grade 4 or Level 2 English or maths

Plus a portfolio of work.

Attendance Expectations As a full-time student you will be expected to attend all classes as specified on your timetable and all personal tutorial sessions.
Attendance - Please note

This is part of a full-time Study Programme.

It may be available as a standalone fee paying course that is not part of a full-time Study Programme subject to sufficient interest. For further information call Course Information on 01924 789111.

Fee Information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, and residentials, which are payable by all students.

Any student registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and subsequently withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Student Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study

On completion with the appropriate pass and English and maths grades you can progress through the levels.

This study programme offers progression to a variety of art-related courses. Our own Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a recommended progression route, or you may wish to apply to a university. During the course we will explain all the possible options and support you through the application process.

Career Opportunities A wide range of roles are available within the Art and Design industries such as Animator, Architect, Art Editor, Art Exhibition Organiser, Art Therapist, Cartographer, Cartoonist, Ceramic/Pottery maker, Fashion/Clothing Designer, Fine Artist, Goldsmith/Silversmith, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Landscape Architect, Model Maker, Multimedia Designer, Museum/Art Gallery Curator, Photographer, Sculptor, Technical Illustrator.
How to Apply

Please complete a full-time application form.

If you require an application form or details on how to enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

For Further Details

Please contact the Art and Design Team on 01924 789149 or Course Information on 01924 789111.

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Subject Area (W) Art & Design
Client Group (W) 16-18
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Information last amended: 09 May 2022 11:01

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