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Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The foundation year is designed to give you a broad based experience of a wide variety of art and design subject areas. It will give you an insight into the range and expectations of different art and design disciplines and provide you with the knowledge, practical skills, ideas and critical judgement to go on and study at degree level. Employment within art and design careers is also an option after completing the diploma.

Entry Requirements:

You need an Extended Diploma in an Art & Design related area (e.g. Art & Design, Fashion & Clothing, Creative Media or Photography) at MMM or above, or three A Levels at C or above, including at least one in an Art & Design related area (e.g. Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Product Design or Textiles) and a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C (4) grade, including Mathematics and English Language.

Relevant experience and maturity will also be considered for students over 21. Students must be aged 18 by the 31st August on year of entry.

What does the course involve?:

The course progresses through three stages: Part one focuses on developing a portfolio of work, and progression in art and design. Part two will involve a research project, investigating categories and themes in contemporary art and design practice. Part three involves a personally directed project that is externally assessed. Contextual studies, technical workshops and museum and gallery visits will give you a critical foundation to your studio work. But – above all else – FAD will provide you with a sound art and design methodology and enable you to navigate level 4 projects imaginatively - preparing you fully for an art and design related degree at University.

How much does it cost?:

Students have to provide their own materials, estimated material costs for the year is approximately £300. A contribution towards educational visits may also be requested.

Additional Notes:

Talks and exhibitions by visiting artists and ex-students are programmed throughout the year. An exhibition of your Final Major Project work is held at the end of the course and is open to the public, at the Art School Summer Show. Enrichment activities are planned throughout the year including a cultural exchange with the Vorkurs at Luzern School of Art, exhibiting opportunities (e.g. Weston Park Gallery, Wolverhampton Art Gallery and the Umlaut Gallery, London) and a Contextual Studies Visit to Paris.

Fashion student pinning fabric to dummy
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This exciting and creative programme provides a nationally recognised qualification equivalent to three A Levels for those interested in a career in the Fashion industries. The course will equip you with knowledge and understanding of the different employment areas in fashion such as design, illustration, marketing, merchandising, buying, pattern cutting, garment construction and textiles. The course will build the practical skills to develop design ideas into three dimensional clothing which will be included in the annual Fashion Show.

Entry Requirements:

You will require a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English Language and an Art subject, or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, at Merit, and a portfolio of art and design work.

What does the course involve?:

You will learn about the Fashion industry and also develop your practical skills in Fashion design and drawing, pattern cutting, textiles, garment construction and styling and promotion, covering a range of practical units.

Both years of the course will be involved in producing garments for the Annual Art School Fashion Show. You will also receive grounding in traditional art & design methods and the history of art. The course involves visits to relevant exhibitions & galleries and Fashion & Textile competitions.

Drawing and illustration is intrinsic to the design process, as is an openness to explore other art disciplines when researching.

How much does it cost?:

You will be expected to pay for the materials used to develop your fashion ideas, a detailed list will be provided.

A contribution towards educational visits may also be requested.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

What does the course involve?:

In this beginner's course you will learn the basic skills needed to create your own sterling silver cabochon ring. You will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques in a friendly and relaxed environment. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of techniques for basic introductory to jewellery making. You will have the opportunity to learn different styles and design ideas. You will be guided through the following project over the first few weeks.

Sawing/piercing - Using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut silver to size. Learn how to set up and use the saw and create a simple shape and learn how to set a stone of your choosing.

Annealing, texturing and shaping silver - Learn how to gently heat your metal to "soften" it, allowing you to then decorate your cut shape with texture and shaping techniques. You will also learn how to polish you finished design. Measure a ring size, form and shape and ring and you will also learn how to use a hand held butane torch to solder your silver.

 The remaining time can be used to create your own simple design using your new skills.

 A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. (Please bring cash for any purchases).

How is the course assessed?:

Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills.

How much does it cost?:

A £20 materials pack is supplied for your initial projects. Please bring cash for this pack to the first evening. A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. (Please bring cash for any purchases).

Additional Notes:

All the tools and materials you will need for the course will be available at the venue. Please bring along with you the following:

An apron: (this doesn't need to be anything special or expensive, just a basic apron, old shirt or overall to protect your clothes).

Hair band: If you have long hair please bring along something to tie it back with, for health and safety reasons.

Closed in shoes: We will be working with sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes which will protect your feet should anything fall off the work bench.

Sketch book/note book: Please bring along a note book for you own notes and design ideas. Notes will be provided to complement the techniques you will be learning but you may wish to make your own notes.

 Pen and/or pencil: For note taking and your design ideas.

Container: It is a good idea to have some kind of container in which to keep your kit items, metal and any other bit and pieces. A good size is small lunch box sized but an old ice cream tub or take away container is perfect too.

Don't forget. Glasses, if you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Since 1855, Shrewsbury School of Art has established an enviable reputation. To continue this proud tradition, we are currently seeking new artists and designers, passionate about reaching their full potential. The programme provides a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for success in higher education, and ultimately the creative industries. Most students choose to extend their studies at renowned ‘first-choice’ Universities, choosing from a wide range of Degree courses related to Art & Design.

Entry Requirements:

You will require a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English Language and an Art subject, or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, at Merit, and a portfolio of art and design work.

What does the course involve?:

Over two years, this course embraces all aspects of 2D and 3D Art & Design and provides learners with a clear framework for their professional development providing the intellectual, academic and subject-specific skills required for them to define their own professional practice. Progressively, learners are encouraged to cross boundaries and develop a wide range of skills in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, graphics, textiles, and 3D design. Moreover, each year learners visit many exhibitions, galleries and are offered the opportunity to enjoy a residential contextual studies trip to a European capital.

How much does it cost?:

Students have to provide their own materials. Please note, Art & Design materials are expensive and there will be on going costs throughout the year. A contribution towards educational visits may also be requested.

Additional Notes:

You will gain an exciting and diverse portfolio of work from a wide range of specialist areas which will equip you when applying to Higher Education creative degree courses and help pave the way for a future career as a professional artist or designer. The lecturing staff are encouraging and supportive on this very lively, demanding and enjoyable course.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

The NCFE courses have always been well respected within the photography industry. This course is for those who have an interest in photography and is available to beginners and those with some knowledge who wish to develop their photographic skills further, for general interest, artistic pursuit or with a view to a career change. It is expected that you would own or have access to a digital SLR camera.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements. Just a keen interest in the subject.

What does the course involve?:

This qualification is aimed at those individuals wishing to develop an understanding of photographic processes and the photo imaging industry. The qualification will also allow learners to understand how to manipulate images and explore in detail one of the following areas of photography: dark room; studio; location; commercial; documentary; experimental and alternative processes.

Potential progression from this qualification may mean learners to progress into employment in the industry or onto further qualifications at Level 3 in creative subjects including photography, art and design, craft, animation and moving image production.

You will learn how to use all camera controls, working through a series of set projects, producing images and written work to satisfy assignment briefs, and build skills as you progress through the course. You will have access to industry standard software for image manipulation, and will also produce black and white images in the darkroom.

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Photography, learners must achieve a minimum of 16 credits: 8 from the core units and a minimum of 8 from the optional units. This qualification consists of 3 core units: Unit 01 Explore photographic equipment, techniques, materials and resources (4 credits); Unit 02 Develop and adapt photographic ideas (4 credits); Unit 03 Introduction to the photo imaging industry (4 credits).

and 7 optional units: Unit 04 Darkroom processing and printing (8 credits); Unit 05 Studio photography (8 credits); Unit 06 Location photography (8 credits); Unit 07 Commercial photography (8 credits); Unit 08 Documentary photography (8 credits); Unit 09 Experimental and alternative process photography (8 credits); Unit 10 presenting a portfolio of photographic images (8 credits).

Learners who aren’t successful can resubmit work within the registration period, however, a charge may apply. A Credit Certificate can be requested for learners who don’t achieve their full qualification, but who have achieved at least one whole unit.

You will exhibit work in our end of year college show within the Art department.

How is the course assessed?:

The course is assessed on a coursework submission basis and by final verification with NCFE.

How much does it cost?:

Course costs plus all materials and equipment including sketchbooks, film, photographic paper, photographic prints.

Other details:

Progression to Level 3 Diploma in Photography; HNC/D Photography.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This qualification is designed for learners aged post 16 who wish to develop skills and knowledge in jewellery making. No prior knowledge of jewellery making required.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements.

What does the course involve?:

During this course you will learn the skills needed to design and create your own jewellery. You will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques in a friendly and relaxed environment. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of short projects to make a range of jewellery items, such as pendants, earrings or rings. You will have the opportunity to bring your own style and design ideas to life. You will be guided through the following projects over the first few weeks. Sawing/piercing - Using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut out a shape in silver sheet. Learn how to set up and use the saw and create a simple shape. Annealing, texturing and shaping silver - Learn how to gently heat your metal to "soften" it, allowing you to then decorate your cut shape with texture and shaping techniques. Then add findings to transform your design into a piece of jewellery. You will also learn how to polish and finish your design. Ring making - Learn how to measure a ring size, form and shape and ring and you will also learn how to use a hand held butane torch to solder your silver ring. You will have the option to decorate the surface of the ring or use a range of simple surface finishes.

You will cover 4 units: - Exploring craft and enterprise skills; Research and develop design ideas for craft items; Respond to a craft brief.

How is the course assessed?:

The units above will be assessed and graded, thorough course work submission and discussion.

You will complete a portfolio of work which includes photographic evidence of your completed designs and some assignment work.  Your portfolio will be assessed by external moderators for the qualification.

How much does it cost?:

The tutor will discuss materials with you, bring £15.00 on the first day. However due to the nature of the programme, there will be further costs, dependant on your choice of material and design. This can be discussed with the tutor.

Additional Notes:

Most of the tools and materials you will need for the course will be available. Please bring along with you the following: An apron: (this doesn't need to be anything special or expensive, just a basic apron, old shirt or overall to protect your clothes). Hair band: If you have long hair please bring along something to tie it back with, for health and safety reasons. Closed in shoes: We will be working with sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes which will protect your feet should anything fall off the work bench. Sketch book/note book: Please bring along a note book for you own notes and design ideas. Notes will be provided to complement the techniques you will be learning but you may wish to make your own notes. Pen and/or pencil: For note taking and your design ideas. Container: It is a good idea to have some kind of container in which to keep your kit items, metal and any other bit and pieces. A good size is small lunch box sized but an old ice cream tub or take away container is perfect too. Ideas: Bring along any pictures, photos, drawings which have inspired you and which you could use to inspire you designs. Don't forget. Glasses, if you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.

Further Information:

More in depth information about the qualification can be found on the NCFE website:

www.ncfe.org.uk

Search under 'qualification' for - NCFE Level 2 Award in Creative Craft. Ref: 601/3361/2

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

Students with an interest in researching, exploring and developing art and design techniques on an accredited course.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements.

What does the course involve?:

Use materials, tools and equipment to develop craft techniques; Investigate creative enterprise and employment opportunities; Develop craft ideas; Create, present and evaluate final art and design item.

Students will learn how to use raw materials, tools and equipment in a safe and competent manner / develop analytical and research skills / evaluate own work, develop ideas and learning through the craft process / develop an understanding of health and safety considerations in the art & design environment.

How is the course assessed?:

The units above will be assessed and graded, thorough course work submission and discussion.

You will complete a portfolio of work which includes photographic evidence of your completed designs and some assignment work.  Your portfolio will be assessed by external moderators for the qualification.

Further Information:

More in depth information about the qualification can be found on the NCFE website:

www.ncfe.org.uk

Search under 'qualification' for - NCFE Level 2 Award in Creative Craft (Art and Design) Ref: 601/3361/2/ART

Other details:

Progression to level 3 course /further education.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is for anyone interested in Floral Design. It covers a wide range of skills in contemporary and traditional flower arrangements and design. Idea for anyone from complete beginners to those wishing to further develop their knowledge and skills. It offers an initial grounding on all aspects of floristry to progress to further levels.

Entry Requirements:

No previous knowledge is required, just a keen interest in all things floral.

What does the course involve?:

The sessions will be a mix of practical and theory based work. They will include all aspects of practical skills and techniques to produce work to a sellable standard. It involves creating a portfolio of images and relevant notes from lessons and assignments for assessment.  A strong emphasis will be put on floral design and full tutor guidance given throughout. The units will cover:-

  • Identification and processing of cut materials and pot plants;
  • Design and construction of floral arrangements;
  • Storage, display and wrapping of floristry goods;
  • Handtied and Loose bouquets;
  • Simple floral wedding designs and accessories;
  • Basic introduction to Funeral and sympathy floral designs;
  • Buying, costing and Health and Safety;
  • Display of floristry designs.
How is the course assessed?:

You will complete a portfolio of work which includes photographic evidence of your completed designs and written assignment work.  Your portfolio will be assessed by external moderators for the qualification.

Group discussions and individual tutor feedback will be given to develop and enhance progression over the course.

How much does it cost?:

Purchase of flowers for each module - this will be discussed with the tutor upon start of course, this can be arranged by the tutor or individually. Basic floristry items.

Additional Notes:

Apron required. Basic tools and equipment will initially be provided by tutor. Advice on where to purchase additional materials will be given.

Further Information:

More in depth information about the qualification can be found on the NCFE website:

www.ncfe.org.uk

Search under 'qualification' for - NCFE Level 2 Award in Creative Craft (Floristry) Ref: 601/3361/2/FLO

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This 6 week course is offered in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment, for complete beginners and those with a little experience in ceramics, who wish to experience the creative and absorbing possibilities offered with clay.

During the course the tutor will provide group demonstrations and individual support, to ensure learners can work at their own level and pace.

This course can be used to gain confidence and relaxation.  

Entry Requirements:

No previous knowledge is required just a keen interest in Ceramics. Full demonstrations and guidance will be given by the tutor.

What does the course involve?:

This 6 week course will give you a working knowledge of basic construction and decorative method within ceramics.

You will follow through from an initial idea to completion. Development, construction; the use of decoration with colours slips, texture slip trailing and scrafillo.  

Methods will be presented by demonstrations, handouts and examples of finished samples, enabling each individual’s creativity to develop.

Additional Notes:

Please bring an apron or overall to use, and please wear suitable clothing and footwear to all sessions.

Further Information:

At the start of the course, you will decide what you want to gain from the course.  

Group discussions and opportunities to chat with the tutor at the end of the course will offer reflection of what you have learnt and how you have improved your skills.

Other details:

You may wish to progress to one of our Art and Design courses at either level 2 or level 3.

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