Students are encouraged to work collaboratively and individually in new and exciting areas, including Textiles, 3D, Film/Photography, Graphic Design and Fine Art. This part of the course is designed to broaden skills in different disciplines and to further knowledge of art practices both globally and locally.
Students decide on the specialism they wish to pursue and are able to choose from the following options: Textiles/Fashion, Film/Video, 3D, Graphic Design, Photography, Fine Art and Illustration. Students work closely with tutors on their project based assignments.
A negotiated proposal is submitted for the final unit which forms the basis for the end of year show. The final unit is moderated by an external examiner and an award of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given.
Projects are assessed and feedback is given regularly both verbally and in student handbooks. The final unit is moderated by an external examiner and an award of Pass, Merit or Distinction is given.
Level 3 & Level 4 - Further information can be found in the student handbook and at www.abcawards.co.uk
Students are assigned to a Personal Tutor who oversees the pastoral and academic needs of the group. Tutor periods are designed to support the process of entering high education or employment. Students receive instruction on UCAS procedures, personal statements and University admissions.
Presentations from a range of Universities are arranged as well as talks from professional artists. Students attend the annual Art and Design UCAS event in Manchester.
All students are required to attend life class and receive a Level 3 certification on completing the course. It may be possible to re-sit units from previous A Level courses.
Visits to London, Paris, New York or a European capital city are made annually and demonstrate the importance the Diploma places on visiting exhibitions, screenings, galleries and installations.