Reading, RG1 4HJ
This intermediate level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression onto one of our Level 3 pathways in either, art and design, fashion and clothing, graphic design or photography.
If your plan is to pursue a career in an art or craft-related specialism, then this programme could be right for you. This intermediate level course is designed to give you a broad base of knowledge and experience to prepare you for employment or for progression onto one of our Level 3 pathways in either, art and design, fashion and clothing, graphic design or photography.
Each year, our students have the opportunity to take part in our End of Year Festival to showcase their work. Take a look at our video of the 2019 show, "Arrival".
VIDEO What I'll learn
Over the one year course you will learn by completing projects and assignments using a broad range of techniques, processes and materials. Areas covered include workshops in photography, fine art, textiles, graphic design, fashion, ceramics, sculpture and metalwork.
You will study the following topics:
Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art and design
Unit 3: Introduction to drawing skills
Unit 4: Introduction to communication skills in art and design
Unit 5: Solving 2D creative problems
Unit 6: Solving 3D creative problems
Unit 7: Solving time-based creative problems
And one of the following:
Unit 8: Developing and producing a personal project in art and design at Level 2
Unit 9: Developing and producing a personal project in art and design at Level 3
How I'll learn
Over the year, you will work on a variety of different projects, delivered through a combination of practical project work, specialist workshops and lectures.
In addition, you will develop English and Maths and entrepreneurial skills through live projects and enterprise activities.
Students should take responsibility for a significant amount of self-directed study. This will allow you to build a portfolio of work suitable for progression on to a Level 3 course or employment. You will also develop professional skills in presentation techniques.
How I'll be assessed
You will be set practical assignments to complete that reflect professional practice. Emphasis is placed on working and learning with others. You also need to be able to work independently and take responsibility for your own learning.
Throughout the course, you will be required to complete additional tasks, including research, on your home study days.
Applicants for a Level 2 programme will normally have:
at least 4 GCSEs at Grade D/3 or above and/or a completed Diploma in Level 1 Art and Design, Merit profile
GCSEs to include English and Maths at Grade D/3 or above or Level 1 Functional Skills qualifications
the willingness to study for an additional qualification in English and/ or maths
If you are interested in a Level 2 programme and have alternative qualifications you would like us to consider, please contact us to discuss your circumstances.
Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment. All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme. During the interview, you will have the opportunity to discuss:
Portfolio containing artwork from school (sketchbooks)
Drawings and paintings from observation (including both black and white and colour)
3D work (photos of these are acceptable)
Digital work (printed or saved on a memory stick)
Work completed outside of school/ college e.g. photographs, drawings, paintings
Artwork fully analysed and/ or a written study of a piece of artwork.
How to Apply
You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:
Register for our online service and verify your account
Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application
As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.
Printed application forms are also available.
Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.