Art & Design | UAL Diploma in Art, Design and Media | Level 1

Arts, Media and Publishing

Arts, Media and Publishing
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?

Code FE0095-1C
Qualification Type Basic/Key Skill
Qualification Level Level 1
Course type Full Time


Based within the exciting and vibrant Creative Industries department, our art & design courses provide you with the opportunity to build your skills in a wide variety of subjects including drawing, photography, painting, printmaking, 3D, textiles, fashion, graphics, illustration and digital skills.

  • Opportunities to gain valuable work experience with external clients
  • Highly experienced teaching team
  • Strong track record of progression to prestigious universities
  • Fantastic facilities and your own studio space

The creative economy employed 3.12 million people in the UK in 2017—1 in 11 of all UK jobs


About this course

We will support you to research different artists and designers, and develop language and literacy skills through writing about your own work and ideas development.

We can also help you to identify your strengths and interests, whilst supporting you to improve in all areas required for progression in the creative industries.

You will be encouraged to experiment with a range of techniques and processes in order to find your area of specialism. Industry based projects and work experience are a key feature of the art & design course, enabling you to to develop employability skills with the confidence to progress in the creative industries.

Topics include

  • Introduction to art, design and media skills
  • Digital skills, such as Photoshop
  • Drawing, painting and printmaking
  • 3D/photography/fashion and textiles

How will it be delivered?

To pass the course you must pass all of the units.

An overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction is awarded for the final qualification.

Parental/carer consultations during the year are welcomed and valued. There are a number of consultation evenings scheduled throughout the year which provide the opportunity for parents/carers to gain feedback on their son/daughters’ progress made at college.

In addition to studying art and design, if you do not have GCSE grade 3 or above in English or maths you will study for a relevant English and/or maths qualification (Functional Skill or GCSE).

Entry requirements

To start at this level you need at least 2 GCSEs at grade 2 (F) or above, preferably including English and maths, and a portfolio of your creative work.

Your portfolio of work must show your interest and enthusiasm for the subject area. You may be expected to talk about a favourite artist or designer, a piece of art work which has inspired you, or how you have developed your ideas. You will be required to bring sketch books, evidence of research and observational drawings, examples of developmental work, as well as some final pieces. We are also interested in looking at work you have completed in your own time, your hobbies and any work experience you have completed.

Your next steps...

After this course

Further study

This course prepares you to go on to a more advanced course such as the UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, or UAL Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media.

Successful completion of a Level 2 course can lead onto study at Level 3 and then onto university, employment or an apprenticeship.

Future careers

  • Graphic designer
  • Illustrator
  • Web designer
  • Animator
  • Fashion designer or maker
  • Textiles designer, maker for printed, woven, embroidered fashion or furnishing fabrics
  • 3D designer, maker, jewellery designer or product designer
  • Interior designer