Fine Art (Art and Design)

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Qualification type: Foundation Diploma and Extended Diploma
Level: Level 3
Awarding body Pearson
Academic year: 2018/2019
Start date September 2018
Duration 1 or 2 years (discussed at interview)
Location: Darlington College
Attendance: Full time

Course overview

If you have a passionate interest in Fine Art this exciting new course provides you with the opportunity to stretch and develop your creative abilities through experimenting with a range of Fine Art media. These including painting, drawing, photography, print-making, digital and lens-based work. The fine art specialism allows you to explore personal responses to a wide range of challenging assignments which enable you to work across multi-disciplinary areas. You will be encouraged to develop your ideas through enquiry and discuss your work through presentations, exhibitions and written assignments. Live assignments are an important part of the course and will prepare you for the world of work. These include art competitions, exhibitions, and community arts projects from clients such as:

  • Darlington Borough Council
  • Darlington College
  • Lingfield Point
  • Shout About Art

You will also enjoy the benefits of educational visits.

The skills you will learn are not only essential for the Fine Art industry but are transferrable to other areas such as advertising and marketing, exhibition design, publishing and illustrating, photography, teaching, art therapy and working for community arts projects, arts administration and management, plus many more. Professional practice is a key feature of this course, students will build an innovative and diverse portfolio to take them onto to Higher Education and/or employment.

If you have not achieved a C grade or above in English or maths, you will as part of your course be required to work towards this as part of your study programme. You will be given the opportunity to go on work experience at certain times during your course.

To develop your employability opportunities you may also be given enrichment classes. This may focus upon additional qualifications, industrial updating and career preparation. Additional Arts Award projects can be undertaken to gain additional UCAS points.

Entry requirements

4 GCSE subjects with 4 points or grades C and above, including 4 points or C grade in GCSE English or maths. Candidates are encouraged to ensure they gain points in all subjects taken. Alternatively you will need an appropriate Level 2 qualification at merit grade.

In order to apply for the Extended Diploma, you must have achieved the Foundation Diploma.

You will need to bring a portfolio of work to your interview.

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

You will be taught in an excellent spacious studio environment that includes a dedicated fine art studio with state of the art equipment. You will learn through assignments, demonstrations, workshops and industry lead assignments 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. You will be expected to devote approximately 10 hours per week to self-directed study – homework is considered to be an important aspect of this course.

The course comprises a range of core and specialist units covering the following topics:

  • Painting in fine art
  • Generating fine art ideas
  • Public art
  • Multi-disciplinary work in fine art
  • Fine art principles
  • Sculpture
  • Drawing
  • Community art
  • Image manipulation in computers
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, each unit providing you with a grade Pass, Merit and Distinction, dependent on the quality of the work submitted.

The externally assessed portion of the course accounts for 41% of the Foundation Diploma and 42% of the Extended Diploma.

Successful completion of this course provides you with the qualification BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design – equivalent to 3 ‘A’ Levels, the maximum UCAS point score that can be achieved from this Level 3 qualification is 168. 50% of the students completing the Level 3 Art and Design programme in their second year achieved the grade DDD, 40% achieved D*D*D* (168 UCAS points).

Previously students achieving above DDM have been successful in applying for bursaries at relevant universities.

Things you may need

While some equipment and materials are provided, you will be required to equip yourself with art 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

Previous students who have completed this course have gone on to study at establishments such as the University of Durham, University of Sunderland, Leeds Metropolitan University, Northumbria University, Newcastle University, The Universities of Central London and De Montfort University amongst others.

You will be advised and supported in your UCAS application/employment application with help on appropriate routes and portfolio preparation. All students who have completed a Level 3 Art and Design course at Darlington College have been successful when applying to their chosen degree courses.

Further study:

This course will help prepare you for progression onto an Honours degree, foundation degree or a BTEC HND in Fine Art, Illustration, Event Management, Art Administration and management or similar related subjects.

A career:

In some cases a student will progress directly into design related employment from the course. Most, however, go on to higher education and then take up careers in exhibition design, publishing and illustrating, photography, teaching, art therapy and working for community arts projects, arts administration and event management, and many more within the art and design sector.

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.

Enquiry Form

If you have any questions about this course, send us a message using the form below.

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