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Art, Design & Digital Media UAL Diploma Level 1

Full-Time Study Programmes

  • Overview of the course

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    This programme has been designed to introduce you to the creative sector, enabling you to make informed future progression choices while developing and applying your knowledge and acquiring a range of relevant practical, communication and personal development skills.

    This qualification is suitable if you have an interest in art, design, media or a related subject and wish to explore and extend this interest via a full-time, immersive learning experience.
  • What you'll learn

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    The content of the programme was developed with representatives from universities, further education colleges and employers to ensure that it provides you with the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to progress to the next level of education and training.

    You can expect to learn:
    • Materials, processes and skills
    • Contextual research
    • Communication skills
    • Solving 2D/3D creative problems
    • Printmaking & mark making
    • Painting
    • Image Manipulation
    • Graphic Design
    • 3D Materials
    • Visual & Contextual Studies
    You will undertake several projects and learn to work creatively to a client’s brief.
    If required for your chosen HE course, you may wish to study English & Maths to Level 3.
  • Entry requirements

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    You don’t need any formal qualifications, but a passion for all aspects of art, design and media is a must. We will ask to see a portfolio of your art/design work and invite you to an informal interview.
  • How will I be assessed?

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    Students are assessed via a ‘Final Major Project’ which takes place at the end of the course when they are at their best. This large project allows students to demonstrate all the learning that has taken place through completion of the other units. This unit is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction and determines the overall qualification grade.
  • Who can I speak to about this course?

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  • I'm interested in this course, what do I need to do next?

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    You need to speak to one of our Tutors before you can enrol on to this course therefore, please use the ‘apply’ button on this screen to register your interest. Once we have your details a Tutor will contact you by phone. Please be aware that our number will be displayed as unknown/private/withheld
  • Supporting your learning and wellbeing

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    We want you to enjoy every minute of College, both in the classroom and out of it, so we have a range of dedicated support and wellbeing services. These include FREE travel; FREE breakfast; dedicated Learning Development Mentors; impartial advice and guidance; dedicated one-to-one support for learners with additional needs; and support with the cost of College, plus much more.
  • Future opportunities

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    Alongside your studies, you’ll have a unique opportunity to be part of the University of Bolton’s EXCEED programme.
    This will give you a range of additional skills and experiences, and includes masterclasses; university visits; access to industry experts; and mentoring and support with your University application, perfect for that next step into Higher Education.

    After you have completed the course you could remain in College and progress on to the Art & Design Diploma Level 2 or an alternative provision.

    Check out opportunities at the University of Bolton by visiting

    Following a career path in the art, design and digital media industry, you could choose to work as:
    • An Artist, earning up to £28,000 a year, depending on experience
    • Professional Photographer, earning up to £30,000 on average
    • A Jewellery Designer, earning between £15,000 and £50,000 a year depending on experience
  • Enrichment

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    We want to give you a positive experience at College and a rounded view of the industry you could one day be working in. So, during your time at College, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a range of activities including:
    • Visits to art galleries and artists’ studios
    • Masterclasses and specialist workshops delivered by professionals from the art world
    • Opportunity to work to live briefs
  • Pre-Professionals Programme

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    As part of our Pre-Professionals Programme, you’ll have your own personal Learning Development Mentor and Careers Coach. They’ll help you to manage your studies, oversee your progress and aid in your personal development.
  • Gifted and Talented Programme

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    The College recognises the need to reward your hard work, dedication and achievement as well as good attendance and punctuality.

    The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre is now part of the University Of Bolton Group and students can undertake a range of activities including kayaking, canoeing, archery and much more; if you work hard, there's a good chance you could enjoy these activities too.
  • Why choose us?

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    We’re part of the University of Bolton Group, which means you’ll benefit from all that the University has to offer, including world-class facilities and access to industry experts.

    Throughout your time at College, we’ll reward your achievements, with trips to The Anderton Outdoor Activity Centre, the University’s outdoor pursuits centre, and so much more. You’ll also have the opportunity to apply for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh Award.

    In our last Ofsted inspection, we were graded ‘Good’.

    Our £75 million campus offers:
    • A newly refurbished fitness suite and sports hall
    • Apple Mac suites
    • Libraries
    • A theatre and dance studios
    • A café selling Costa coffee
    • The Academy Hair & Beauty Salon
    • Signature restaurant

    We also have a wide range of events throughout the year, including showcases, enterprise activities and cultural celebrations.
  • How to apply?

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    Click 'Apply' to submit your application.
  • Disclaimer

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    Every care has been taken to ensure that the information contained within these course information sheets was accurate at the time of publishing.
    Bolton College is constantly evaluating its services to meet the needs of learners; therefore programmes/courses/Apprenticeships, resources and facilities may be subject to change without prior notice.
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  • Time:

    11.00 (Hrs Per Week)

  • Duration:

    33 weeks

  • Venue:

    Deane Road Campus

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