What is it?
This course aims to provide a firm foundation in core art and design practice, and to encourage personal development and expression. Professional practice in a variety of disciplines including fine art, craft, design, photography, graphics and textiles will allow you to specialise and have confidence in making personal choices in later projects.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
The course covers many elements of professional practice needed to be successful within the design industry. This course offers extensive opportunities to work with live external briefs and practicing artists. Projects include client-led briefs and working within the local community. All students plan and promote their own end of year exhibition. The course helps learners to find out what they enjoy, what they are good at and allows them to develop a set of valuable skills for future study and work.
What skills will I develop?
The course gives students the opportunity to: develop teamwork, write and explain ideas, present ideas to clients and colleagues, critique and peer assess, develop skills in generating ideas, learn health and safety aspects of working in a studio environment, professionally produce outcomes and communicate and present ideas with confidence to an audience.
Learners are challenged to explore different areas of creative practice including photography, drawing and illustration, mixed media, painting, traditional and non traditional textile techniques, Photoshop rendering, graphics, animation and portfolio development.
How will I be taught?
The course is made up of 4 modules. In this qualification learners engage with study through project work. Development is progressive taking learners through a range of workshops and assignments during Module 1 to practice and refine ideas, skills and technique across a variety of specialisms. This is followed by a project brief for Module 2 that allows you to develop chosen skills further.
In year two learners specialise. Module 3 involves researching progression routes and preparing portfolio and interview techniques. Module 4 involves a personal project in which peer assessment and one-to-one discussions and personalised target setting support your learning. Here the learner is at the pinnacle of their learning when they are awarded their overall grade, Pass, Merit or Distinction.
How will I be assessed?
100% coursework assignments.
Teachers for the course are from a wide range of disciplines including backgrounds in illustration, photography, fine art, textiles and graphic design.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
We are always completing live briefs throughout the year as a rule of thumb and good practice. We have had past visits to New York, Paris, Rome, Venice, Morocco. We also encourage local trips for photography and research e.g. Edinburgh and London and Manchester and Liverpool Museums and Galleries. There are also exhibition and fashion show opportunities each year.
Where does it lead?
Students progress on to a wide range of art disciplines at degree level including fine art, illustration, graphic communication, advertising, textile design, interior design, games design, theatre and television prop and stage design, branding, animation and photography.
If you have not taken an art and design subject at school, you will need a portfolio showing desire and commitment to art and design.
You will need basic art materials such as sketchbooks, a range of B pencils, watercolours, fineliners, glue stick, masking tape, scissors and glossy printing (First Year £50 approx).
- If you have not taken an art and design subject at school, you will need a portfolio showing desire and commitment to art and design.