Course starts: September 2020

One year, Introductory Diploma
Two years, Diploma (equivalent to two A levels)

Full-time study

Age groups

16-18, 19+

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If you want to pursue creative studies at a higher level of academic study or start your career in the creative sector, this course will provide you with the technical skills and knowledge you need to progress.

Covering everything from drawing, painting, sculpting, illustration and photography, this course will enable you to develop your own visual language, as well as explore and analyse the work of other artists.

You can expect to be introduced to new and exciting ways of working and you’ll get the chance to work on a large scale with some projects, which are challenging but exciting.

During the latter part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to specialise in areas of particular interest through a number of optional units.


Entry requirements

A good standard of skill, evidenced in a portfolio. At least four GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above ideally, including Art or BTEC 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’ll be assessed at the end of each unit and graded pass, merit or distinction. There are no external examinations in this qualification.


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 continue onto a three-year degree course in a specialist area of art and design or go on to employment in an art and design-related field. We’ll support you with instruction and guidance for your future career.


Additional costs

You’ll need materials and equipment to complete the course, which can be purchased independently or from the Art department.


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I seriously believe that Totton College has been the best fit for me. The work I have produced on my course has given me opportunities to develop my own individuality within my projects.

Lewis Ford

Art and design student