Exploring the Creative Arts and Media Sectors

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Qualification type: Diploma
Level: Level 1
Awarding body UAL
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 year
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

This is an exciting course which uses a mixture of art, design and creative media to help you develop confidence, industry knowledge and skills in order to progress on to a Level 2 qualification. This course is perfect for creative thinkers and will teach you the relevant skills needed to develop your original ideas and artistic flair. You will be expected to learn basic theory and complete practical projects in a range of areas including; art, design, mixed media, photography, video and audio, and enterprise activities. You will also learn about the many fantastic job opportunities and progression routes within the creative arts and media sectors to help you begin your journey towards subject specific specialisms. If you are interested in photography, game design, 3D design, TV and film, fine art, textiles or graphics, then this course is an excellent starting point for you.

If you have not achieved a grade 4 or above in English or maths then you will be required to work towards this as part of your study programme. Work experience is embedded into your course through live assignments and industry relevant units. The college will support any students who are keen to explore work experience opportunities outside of the classroom.     

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required, but a keen interest in the art and media industry is essential. We will request a school or college report and you will need to attend an interview at the college.

A good level of ICT knowledge is required.

How to enquire/apply

To apply for this course please click the apply button and complete the online application form. If you have any queries with regards to your application or would like further information and support please contact us on 01325 503030.

Studying and learning

Learning will take place in both classroom and studio environments. These include a spacious art studio, photography studio, iMac and PC suites, all of which include state of the art equipment and software. You will learn through assignments, demonstrations, workshops and industry lead projects that are based on realistic work. Visits and visiting lecturers form an important part of the learning process. Your work is supported with personal and group tutorials as well as guidance and encouragement from the enthusiastic, supportive staff team who are all specialists in their subject area.

Topics covered on this course;

  • Introduction to the creative arts and media sectors
  • Exploring 3D design crafts
  • Exploring mixed media
  • Developing video products
  • Audio and video editing
  • Exploring digital photography
  • Exploring design skills for the performing arts
  • Planning and running enterprise activity
  • Producing a product
  • Working in a team
  • Carrying out an individual project  

You will develop your skills and knowledge through a mixture of practical and theory based sessions. The majority of units are aimed towards practical work and the development of real life skills.

How will I be assessed

Course work is continually assessed and formally marked at the end of each assignment, all assignments feed into the units of the course. For each unit course work involves working to a brief and will be a mixture of research, written work and practical work. All work is marked against the learning outcomes and grading criteria for each unit.

Things you may need

While some equipment and materials are provided, you will be required to equip yourself with a USB storage device. For the art and design units you will need some basic materials for your studies, a kit list will be provided at enrolment. There will also be a number of trips and visits throughout the course that may incur some costs.

What next

This course is designed to help you make the step towards Level 2 study. In particular, providing a clear and transparent progression route to Level 2 Art and Design and Level 2 Creative Digital Media.

The course will introduce you to a range of employment opportunities within the creative arts and media sectors and help you to make well informed choices on vocational options with a heightened awareness of employment opportunities.

Information, advice and support

Darlington College offers a wide range of support including careers guidance, financial assistance, additional learning support, childcare and many more. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Student Services Team on 01325 503030 and they will direct your call to the appropriate college support team.

Fees and funding

This course is free if you are 16-18 years of age on August 31 of the calendar year in which you begin your studies. If you are 19+ years of age fees may apply. However help may be available. To see if you can receive any funding call our Student Services Team on 01325 503030.
Course fees are payable to Darlington College. Registration and membership fees may be payable. All course fees are per year.

What if I need support?

Here at the college we have outstanding support. Our support staff are dedicated to providing you with all the help and guidance you may need throughout your college journey.

You might need help and advice on a wide range of issues such as childcare, counselling and additional learning support. For more information on any aspect of student support contact the Course and Information Team, who will direct your call to the appropriate member of the college support team, call: 01325 503030.

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