If you are interested in studying at a higher level or starting a career in the creative sector then this is the course for you. Covering digital art forms as well as drawing and photography, this course will enable you to develop your own visual language. To develop your confidence and transferable skills for employment, you could work with an external client to create digital or traditional art for a set brief or independently source your own work experience. You will also have the opportunity to visit local galleries and exhibitions.

Funding and bursaries

Students if you’re aged over 19 you may be eligible for free tuition depending on the course you want to study, your existing qualifications and your financial circumstances. For more information email info@totton.ac.uk or call 023 8087 4874.

Advanced Learner Loans are available for students who are aged 19 or over. Repayments do not begin until the course is completed and you are earning £25,000 or over. Eligible learners will be enrolling on a level 3 or above course and are a UK or EU national. For further information, visit gov.uk/advanced-learner-loan.

Entry requirements

A good standard of skill, learners will be required to provide a portfolio of work at interview. At least four GCSEs, grade 4 or above, ideally including Art or BTEC Level 2 Art & Design at Merit or equivalent.

What will I learn?

Develop your skills in art and craft work, with opportunities to work in both 2D and 3D

Develop your own visual language and presentation techniques

Explore others’ art and design work through your contextual studies as well as in discussions with professional artists or designers

Achieve the general skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin a variety of occupations and professions in the field of art and design

Improve your skills in communication, information technology and numbers, through art and design-based activities

Develop your skills in assemblage, carving, modelling and construction

Work Experience

You’ll work with an external client, creating artwork to a set brief.


Art and design in context
How artists and designers use 2D materials, techniques and processes
How artists and designers use 3D materials, techniques and processes
Planning, researching and developing ideas for a specialist art or design brief
Realising an outcome for a specialist art or design brief
Portrait photography
Exploring artists as photographers
Digital image creation
Art and design illustration
Character design and creation
Carving, constructing and modelling 3D artwork
Creating 3D art or design work


You will be assessed through projects and coursework. There are no examinations

Enrichment Opportunities

You’ll get the opportunity to take part in the ARTiculation Workshop and to work with external organisations. You’ll also get the chance to go on a residential trip to London, and visit local galleries and exhibitions.

Career and Progression

You can progress into work or further training. With the Diploma, you will be able to apply to university or a three-year degree course in a
specialist area of art and design.

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