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Art, Craft and Design

The unendorsed route will enable students to explore a range of two or three dimensional approaches to their studies, either as freestanding or related experiences.

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Art, Graphics or textiles at grade C or above.

Description of the subject

Art and design, through individual development, provides opportunities for personal expression, imagination, conceptual thinking, developing powers of observation and analytical skills. You will be expected to respond to visual stimuli in a range of media and demonstrate your creativity.

Work produced for this qualification will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills, and give visual forms to thinking, feeling and observation, design and ideas.

What you will do

  • Develop your ability to perceive and express concepts and feeling
  • Record from observation and personal experience
  • Experience, innovate, use intuition and imagination
  • Analyse and evaluate problems
  • Research
  • Complete a practical based personal investigation.

Future prospects

Architecture, Fine Art, Theatre Design, Product and Graphic Design, Interior Design, Fashion & Textile Design, Illustration, Animation, Television, Film Industry, Web Design provide you with a portfolio for entry to a foundation course.

Graphic Illustration

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Art, Graphics or Textiles at grade C or above.

Graphic Communication

In producing graphic solutions to defined problems, students must be able to keep in balance aesthetic and commercial considerations. Students must investigate specific areas of design problem, determine relevant sources of information and use them to research possible solutions.

Description of the subject

Illustration (Graphics Design) is the communication of information and ideas by visual means. The critical elements for the graphic designer are the successful communication of the message through the organisation of images and words.

What you will do

The emphasis in this course is Illustration

  • The relationships which are established between Illustration and Narrative
  • Illustration briefs. The Illustration client, the Illustration audience
  • Thumbnails, sketches, dissections, plans and elevations
  • Research and understanding typography
  • Illustration for a variety of purposes including:
    • Book Illustration, Magazine Illustration, Advertising Illustration, DVD or CD Illustration.

We will be focusing on painting, digital photography, drawing and digital image making and the relationships between these methods of production, engaging relevant practical, conceptual, historical and theoretical concerns.

Future prospects

Provides you with a portfolio for entry into a foundation course, Graphic designer, Web designer, Advertising, Illustrator Logo designer, Animation, DVD and CD cover illustrator.

Good course to link up with Art, 3D Design, Business Studies, Information Technology, Media Studies, IT practitioners and General Studies.

Design and Technology (Product Design)

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* – C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Design Technology at grade C or above.

Description of the subject

AS – Design and make project of own choice and theory paper (2 hours).

A2 – Design and make task set by exam board and theory paper (2.5 hours).

Both AS and A2 must have a design folder of 30 – 40 sheets and a sketch book.

Product Design seeks to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills and application for designing products. Product Design encompasses a wide range of design disciplines but is firmly rooted in the skills required to design and make high quality products. Products that are fit for purpose, satisfy wants and needs, enhance our day-to-day lives and, most importantly, give students the opportunity to demonstrate their design and technology capability.

The course structure allows students to develop a range of skills and outcomes at Advanced Subsidiary Level (AS). The skills developed will allow students to demonstrate their creativity and apply these to a ‘design and make’ project at A2.

All modern designers have to consider sustainable issues when designing new products. A sign of the modern technological age in which we live is that human actions have had a negative impact on our environment.

New products provide solutions rather than add to the existing problems of the extraction and use of natural resources, pollution from manufacturing and disposal of large amounts of waste products.

Good design is vital to our world and economy. It is important that we enthuse future designers with a passion for designing their future. This course is excellent for any future career and is particularly useful for students wanting a career in Design, Manufacturing, Industrial Design, Architecture, Engineering and Styling.

What you will do

This course emphasises two key factors – creativity and sustainability. We want students to explore ideas of originality and value, to question and challenge, to envisage what could be, but equally we need them to achieve the results that will progress their careers.

The course combines illustration, technical drawing, research techniques, design ideas, design development model making, hand and machine tool skills, CAD/CAM including laser cutting, 3D printing using a 3D printer, manufacture and final evaluation in two complete design and make tasks (one per year) that are internally assessed and externally moderated.

There is theory work that underpins the practical design and two summer written exams covering aspects of sustainable design, industry and manufacture, product analysis, mechanisms, design theory, industrial culture and history, ergonomics, anthropometrics, basic control systems including electronics, applied science and design in society.

The course is demanding but very interesting and exciting. A number of educational visits take place including the Victoria & Albert Museums, Design Museum and other professional industries. There is also the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Future prospects

Product Design is recognised by universities and colleges as a universal subject of importance and necessity in our ever expanding, technologically dependent, world.