The course is designed for students who are 18 years or over. You will be required to attend a portfolio interview, to give staff the opportunity to assess your creative ability. For students who do not have GCSE in maths or English there is the opportunity to study one or both of these alongside your art programme.
The course is made up of seven units:
- visual studies
- preparation and progression
- contextual studies
- 3D design/textiles
- final major project
You will be taught on three college days per week, but will be expected to use the college facilities in your own self-directed time on the remaining two weekdays.
All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours relevant work experiences to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.
How will I be assessed?
You will be internally and externally assessed upon completion of your projects. Units 1-6 of Level 3 are mandatory and marked as Pass, Fail or Referred. Your final level 4 major project (unit 7) is assessed externally and will be marked as Pass, Merit or Distinction.
A range of GCSE passes, ideally including some at grade 3 (D) particularly in English and maths. It is essential that you have an interest in creative digital media, and show some evidence of your own material.
The course is free to all students under 19 years of age. If you are 19 or over, you can apply for a student loan.
During the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of enrichment opportunities including a public speaking competition called ‘Articulation’, an annual residential trip to London, as well as visits to local galleries and exhibitions.
All Totton College students have the benefit of undertaking at least 60 hours of relevant work experience to support their studies, gain experience and potentially develop contacts with future employers. Our careers team is available to help students secure work placements.
What can I do next?
Around 90% of our students go on to higher education at a specialist art college or university, while others have sought employment or apprenticeships within the creative industries.
What the tutor says
“This course enables students who want to progress onto university to prepare by developing their research skills, self-directed learning and build a professional portfolio of work.”