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Art & Design

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 craft.

Entry Requirements:

There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for this qualification. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification. 

What does the course involve:

Art & Design – looking at interior designs, how to layout a room (setting you a room to design i.e. a bedroom). You will be given a floorplan of a room and asked to design the interior. Choosing fabrics, wallpaper, paints, lighting, furniture etc to fit that room layout. Thinking about storage and practical uses, the flow of the room and using every available space. You will produce a large mood board using techniques and ideas to explain your design.

Heritage & traditional craft – upholstery looking at what furniture to put in their room. This could be a single chair for a bedroom, a 3 piece suite for a lounge etc. You can then learn techniques and produce a final chair or footstool for assessment.

Textiles – designing and making cushions, bedding, curtains, roman blinds and other soft furnishings to put in your room. Looking at colour, texture, pattern and shapes to fit your design. They will produce one of these pieces to showcase using the techniques learnt.

Construction – to construct a piece to showcase in their room. This could be a sculpture, a 3D piece of artwork, a piece of furniture or 3D model of their room. This is open to the student’s interpretation of their overall design. They must also draw together all their design elements and create a corner of that room.

The overall aim is to produce a corner of your room, using wallpaper, lights, fabrics and furniture to showcase their interior design. (They could utilise different corners throughout the art block and hang any wallpaper they have chosen or designed themselves using blue tack or tape so it can be easily removed when no longer required. Or alternatively (and with any permissions required), redecorate their own bedroom and show photographic evidence of their final piece).

How is the course assessed:

To be awarded the NCFE 2 Certificate Creative Craft learners are required to successfully complete 4 mandatory units.

The students must provide evidence of learning through a portfolio. The main pieces of evidence for the portfolio could include (in no particular order):

Assessor observation – completed observational checklists and related action plans; witness testimony; candidate’s proof of work; worksheets; assignments/projects/reports; record of professional discussion; record of oral and written questioning; candidate and peer reports; Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

How much does it cost:

Tool costs, sketch pads, files for evidence gathering, wood, wallpaper roll, paint and a piece of furniture to upholster.

Other details:

You can progress on to study Extended Certificate Level 3.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

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

What does the course involve:

This is a fun 6 week introduction into Ceramics.

It is designed to develop the basic skill of slab building in clay and surface pattern decoration.

You will construct and glaze a “Tea set” of your own design and explore surface decoration using coloured slips.

It will consist of; a teapot, cups and saucers or mugs and a sugar bowl and jug

How much does it cost:

Clay will be charged at pre-fired weight per piece. This includes all firings and glaze.

Additional Notes:

An apron, towel, small bucket with handle will be required. Suitable clothing and footwear to be worn during all sessions.

Other details:

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

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is for learners interested in dressmaking, sewing and textiles.

Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

No formal qualifications are needed but some evidence of ability and a keen interest in the subject.

What does the course involve:

The course will involve learning dressmaking skills and techniques; taking correct body measurements, following a commercial pattern, pattern adaptation and alteration, garment assembly, different seam finishes, different fastenings, working with different fabrics and their application.

There is a research element into using these skills in creative enterprise and the working environment.

A portfolio of work will be produced.

How is the course assessed:

Work is assessed by use of materials, tools and equipment, research into creative enterprise and employment opportunities, development of ideas, a portfolio of work and a final piece.

Through completion of set projects these are marked internally and verified by the exam board. The marks are all related to coursework.

Learners will need to provide their own patterns, fabrics and some basic tools.

Additional Notes:

Learners can choose what garment to make, originality and individuality are encouraged through tutor’s guidance

Other details:

Learners can progress on to study a full time programme.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This is an exciting and varied programme and provides a nationally recognised qualification designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required for success in the field of Art and Design. After completion of the course students would normally progress onto a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design, Fashion or Multimedia, some students may seek employment.

Entry Requirements:

You need a minimum of two GCSEs at Grade D (3) or above which should include and preferably Art & Design or Design & Technology.

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

What does the course involve:

You will study a series of exciting projects to explore a wide range of materials and methods to help you find your strengths in art & design practice. The course includes drawing, painting, illustration, graphics, three dimensional design, print making, textiles, art & design history and ceramics. You will be encouraged to specialise more in your chosen subject as the course progresses. This is an excellent programme to help you choose the right specialism within art & design for you.

How much does it cost:

Students have to provide their own materials and a contribution towards educational visits may be requested.

Additional Notes:

You will gain a portfolio of work from a wide range of specialist areas which will equip you for entry to a Level 3 Extended Diploma course 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 and enjoyable course.

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

No previous knowledge required.

Entry Requirements:

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What does the course involve:

This course is for beginners who would like to discover how to create 3D and 2D items from wool. We will start with using raw fleece to create 3D models and then explore different types of fleece to create a variety of art work of your choosing. This is a dry felting method and does not include wet felting techniques.

How is the course assessed:

The course is not assessed but regular feedback and guidance will be given to you/the group throughout the sessions.

How much does it cost:

You will be required to provide your own materials and equipment.

Additional Notes:

You will need to provide your own equipment, this should include;

Felting needles both fine and medium or sizes 36, 38 and 40. These come with a ‘s’ (star) tip or a ‘t’ (triangle) tip, both are suitable. You will need at least six of each. These can be bought at winghamwoolwork.co.uk and on Amazon as well as a number of on line textile companies. Try to avoid the punch felting version of tool as made by Clover but look for packs of needles with a separate holder to put them in. The holder is optional but you may find it helpful if you find that you have a tendency for painful fingers and hands.

3-4 cm thick piece of high density sponge about 10cm sq. You may need a larger piece if you are planning to do large 2D work. Foam is available from upholsterers and usually used for seat pads. You can buy large pieces from Dunelm.

A selection of prepared fleece (roving) suitable for needle felting. You can get good value bags of mixed colours with 10-15g each of different colours.

All the above equipment is available from winghamwoolwork.co.uk and Amazon, Amazon does have some good deals of combined starter packs that are worth considering.

Further Information:

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

Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?: This course is primarily designed for students who have completed their GCSEs and are intent on pursuing a career in photography. During the first year students will take a broad approach to art and design and experiment with different media. The course will include written assignments and research through active learning, both in class and through independent learning demonstrations, group and individual tutorials. Depending on your grades on entry, you will study GCSEs English and Maths.

You will be introduced to a range of photographic approaches and techniques that will allow you to find personal areas of interest (such as portraiture, advertising, documentary or fine art photography) which you will explore and refine. The work of key historical and contemporary practitioners is introduced and discussed, and individual research in and around photography will back up your practical skills. A professional portfolio is produced, preparing you for degree level study or employment.

Entry Requirements: This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

You need 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above (preferably including English Language and an Art subject) or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (preferably at Merit) and a portfolio of art and design work. No previous photographic qualification is required.

What does the course involve: The course covers the essential skills and knowledge required to progress into employment or higher education and will develop your competence and confidence in professional photography.

Topics include: acquiring a broad understanding of photography, both contemporary and historical; how to research photography subjects; how to develop and realise visual ideas and own creative skills; how to market and promote yourself as a photographer; how to work in the studio and on location; the value of contextual study and professional practice.

You will learn to control and use your digital and analogue SLR cameras in a variety of situations to achieve the best visual results. You will also gain experience in darkroom techniques including black and white film processing and printing and in digital post-production editing, working with digital imaging software, Photoshop and Light room to produce high quality photographic work.

A strong focus is placed on experimentation and the course will enable you to explore areas of specific interest to you and express yourself within the photographic world. There is a written element to the course, and you will be required to produce sketchbooks/journals containing image research, image analysis and evaluations.

How is the course assessed: You will be assessed through continuous assessment and coursework.
How much does it cost: You will need a digital SLR camera to take part in this course, there will be additional costs when printing images and producing sketchbook work.
Additional Notes: The course will take part in college trips and day trips to location shoots.
Open For Applications: Yes
Who is it for?:

This course is for complete beginners who would like to know how to use a sewing machine and make some projects whilst learning new skills. Always wanted to sew but not sure where to start? Then this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

No experience necessary.

What does the course involve:

This course is for those who are complete beginners or those who wish to learn the basics of using a sewing machine. We will start from the very beginning and learn how to thread a sewing machine, wind on the bobbin. Using a pattern you will make a tote bag. Then move onto making a cushion with a zip, followed by a project involving a button hole.

From there we will progress on to looking at sewing button holes, inserting zips, different seam finishes and how each of these techniques can be applied to a project to reinforce the process. You will be expected to provide fabric for these projects, this will be explained in the first session. The course is taught in our fashion studios where we have industrial and domestic sewing machines for you to use.

How much does it cost:

You will have to provide your own materials and fabric.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

There are no entry requirements.

What does the course involve:

The Fundamental Principles of Oil Painting.

Colour mixing, various brush & painting techniques and caring for your brushes.

Whilst exploring oil paints and their qualities we will attempt to paint landscapes and still life.

How is the course assessed:

You will receive feedback during the sessions.

How much does it cost:

You will need to bring the following:

Canvas boards no bigger than 12” x 16”.

Georgian brush set for oils or a similar quality set.

Paints Georgian 38ml oil paints.

Lemon yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red. Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Vandyke brown, Raw Umber and if possible a 75ml tube of Titanium White.

All materials can be purchased on line from Jackson’s Art Supplies, London. With a 2-3 days delivery.

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What does the course involve:

The course will allow you to work at your own pace using a variety of mark making techniques and media, with the support of an experienced art and design tutor (many of our art and design tutors are practising artists). You will explore a variety of approaches to drawing.

How is the course assessed:

The course is not assessed but regular feedback and guidance will be given to you/the group throughout the sessions.

How much does it cost:

All basic material will be supplied, if you progress on, you may wish to purchase your own drawing media, pencils or charcoal etc. plus eraser, masking tape paper/sketchbook etc

Other details:

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

Open For Applications: Yes
Entry Requirements:

This course runs at our English Bridge Campus.

No previous knowledge is required, just a keen interest in the subject.

What does the course involve:

The sessions will be a mixture of theory and practical work where possible. There will be at least one local field trip to put into practice the key elements of the course. You will cover: camera control basics including exposure and focusing; the use of composition tools and the value of understanding appropriate lighting. An introduction will be made to the basics of image processing.

You will cover: the SLR camera and its controls, focal length, prime lenses, zoom lenses, shutter speeds, apertures, depth of field, film speed, colour temperature, filters, composition and lighting. There will also be one session on image manipulation for photographers with Adobe Photoshop or PaintShop Pro.

How is the course assessed:

No formal assessment, however one to one and group guidance will be given by the tutor on how to improve and get better results over the course.

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