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.
What will I study?
- You will complete a range of different projects and workshops over the first two terms and be assessed in five areas of learning.
- how to inform your ideas by interpreting briefs and investigating and analysing information.
- how to practice problem solving by generating ideas, creating concepts and reviewing, comparing and refining your work.
- how to build your technical skills over a wide variety of disciplines as you explore your ideas.
- know about the roles available in art and design and their associated practice including health and safety and project management.
- how to communicate messages to different audiences using visual language and demonstrate understanding of the purpose and function of your outcomes.
You will put your learning of the five areas from Module 1 into practice by completing a single project that applies your ability to investigate and respond to a brief, apply technical and problem solving skills in a professional manner and communicate your ideas effectively to a client. In year 2 you will focus your attention to particular specialisms in art. Assessment is weighted to reflect the higher degree of skill and greater opportunity to demonstrate your full potential.
You will learn about career paths and artistic roles and their associated practice. You will develop a strategy of career progression and demonstrate professional practice and behaviour in planning and responding to your career goals. You will build a portfolio and CV that communicates your progression aims.
You will produce a personalised project with your career goals in mind that will be assessed upon your ability to investigate and respond to a brief. Apply problem solving and technical skill in response to the brief in a professional manner. Effectively use communication skills to present your response to your audience.