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You will gain knowledge and understanding of visual communication and the creative process which will help you to develop your creative voice. You will study the work of other artists and designers to develop and realise your creative intentions, producing a portfolio of art and design work to support progression to higher education.
This is a vocational course, which means that all major project briefs will aim to better prepare you for what to expect in a creative work environment. Students work on live briefs alongside real life clients, which enables you to not only develop your creativity but also learn about how artists and designers work in the industry.
You will develop skills in a broad range of disciplines within art and design, including as drawing, painting, printmaking, 3D design, textiles & surface pattern, graphic design, illustration and fine art. The final unit of the course is a Final Major Project in which you will work in your chosen specialist discipline.
You will learn how to solve creative problems and communicate both visually and verbally to audiences.
You will be formally assessed throughout the course and receive feedback during and at the end of each assignment. You will always know what you have achieved and how to improve.
After successful completion of the course, many of our students choose to stay at Cardinal Newman to complete a one year BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, before progressing on to prestigious Art & Design degree courses.
Recent progression has included Illustration at the University of Edinburgh, Fine Art at Lancaster University, Animation at Salford University, Interior Design and 3D Design at MMU.
Pearson BTEC Edexcel
At least five 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE Art and English Language or Maths. Creative GCSE Design Technology subjects including Textiles, Graphic Design and Resistant Materials may be considered. Progression to the course via this route will be subject to an interview with a portfolio of art work.
BTEC Extended Diploma
As the Art & Design Extended Diploma is equivalent to three A Levels, students generally only choose this subject.
In 2003, street artist Banksy stuck his own work to the wall in the Tate Modern Museum. The prank was soon undone by its inadequate glue.