• Course Information

    This two year course aims to provide students with the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification and equips students with the skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to progress into further or higher education, or training and apprenticeships in the creative sector. It is a stimulating and demanding course designed for those who have an interest in the visual arts, giving you the opportunity to explore and develop your creativity.

    • Course Code
    • Attendance Pattern
    • Course Level
      Level 3
    • Study Mode
      Full Time
    • Course Location
      Langdale Road, Leyland
    • Age Group
      School Leavers (16-18)
    • Course Duration
      2 years
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  • Overview

    Visual Arts

    Runshaw College is an approved centre for UAL Awarding Body Level 3 in Art & Design.

    Over two years you will complete two units and be introduced to a broad range of materials, techniques and processes within a variety of specialist art areas, including drawing, printmaking, working with non-resistant materials, digital and traditional photography, textiles, surface pattern, computers in art, time based media and contextual studies. You will have access to fantastic facilities such as Mac suites, photography studios and darkroom, a 3D workshop, a print room, textiles workrooms and fine art studios. It is expected that as you move into Year 2, you will start to bias the nature of your practical work to align with your career goals, to enable you to create an in-depth portfolio. The course concludes with Unit 2, a personal Final Major Project, which is exhibited in the end of the year show.

    Course Highlights:

    Personal final major project and end of year show

  • Equipment Required

    You will be provided with some art materials to use in lessons, but you will also be expected to provide some of your own art equipment, which can be purchased at college.

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of 5 x Grade 4s, including English and Art or Graphic Products/Textiles Technology.

  • How will I be assessed?

    Through a portfolio of evidence which is internally and externally assessed and moderated. At the start of the course, you will be set theme based projects designed to develop visual language, research skills, 2D and 3D problem solving and critical and contextual awareness in Art & Design.

    In Year 1, you will complete Unit 1 in response to a theme set by the exam board, with work being presented and evaluated in exam conditions.

    In Year 2, you will complete Unit 2, the Final Major Project. Units 1 & 2 are assessed as Pass, Merit or Distinction, each forming 50% of your grade.

  • Progression Pathway

    You can progress on to university to study a range of courses, including: Illustration, Textiles and Fashion, Theatre Design, 3D and Interior Design, Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design, Animation and Games Design. Art students develop many transferable skills, including communication, creative thinking, problem solving, organisation, time management and the ability to present well. Our students transform ideas into outcomes through in-depth research and develop attention to detail, fine motor skills and sensitivity. We encourage hard work, self-discipline and an ability to share ideas and work with others, all valuable skills for the world of work!

  • National Careers Service

    For guidance about what careers subjects can lead on to please follow this link to the National Careers Service.