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*All Part-Time Course Applications Are Still Open.

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Course Detail

Access to HE Art & Design - (Part-time)

Part time course

Course summary

This is a course aimed at adults who wish to progress to fulltime or part-time Higher Education courses in Art & Design (including modular courses incorporating Art & Design within a university or art college), but who do not necessarily possess the regular GCSE or A level qualifications required for entry on to these courses. The course is for those of you with some existing skills and experience. It is an opportunity to expand your creative skills and prepare a portfolio of work for submission for entry to a Higher Education course.

What will I study?

The core of the course is based on drawing, life drawing and art & design history. Diagnostic periods of study are allocated to painting, 3D work, textile design, printmaking, ceramics, graphics/ illustration and photography. A photoshop workshop is also included. You will be expected to attend tutorials to help you to coordinate and organise your work. An important part of the tutorials is to assemble 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 interview into a Higher Education Art & Design course.

What do I need to join?

No formal qualifications are necessary, although students will need to bring a portfolio of work to the interview. You will be eligible for the course if you:
• have not had the opportunity of Higher Education in Art & Design previously
• may not have A Level or GCSE qualifications
• may have been made redundant, unemployed or looking for a change in career.

How long is the course?

Attendance is 2 days a week at college, between 9.30am and 3.30pm, plus work at home is required. The course content is the same as for the full-time student but is spread over 2 years.

How will I learn?

Facilities include 2D and 3D studios, computer facilities, specialist library, workshop, photography and print room. All the tutors working on the course are professional artists and designers in addition to their teaching commitments. We try to make the relationship between staff and students respectful and supportive.

How will I know how I am doing?

The course is validated and moderated by OCN on behalf of the nationally recognised Access Course Scheme. Your final assessment is based on an ongoing assessment of all coursework units, and a final exhibition of work.

Are there any extra costs?

You will need to pay for materials, tuition fees and exam fees, and educational visits if appropriate. Finance for materials will be discussed at interview. Further advice on financial support for the course is available from Customer Services.

What can I do next?

Typically this course leads to further study on academic or vocational courses at a university level.

Dates & Costs

Access to HE Art & Design - (Part-time)

Duration: 2 Years