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A small, welcoming course
Set on our Tregye Campus over 3 days a week, the purpose-built Ginkgo building has excellent facilities across two and three-dimensional processes. You will share with the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, while having your own base room.
Creative, practical focus
The course has practical workshops at its core, with each unit starting with a series of experimental, material or process-based sessions led by our team of creative and knowledgeable staff before developing into independent project work.
Access to HE courses are designed to support learners to progress to university level courses, although you can study the course if this isn’t your intention. Extensive support is given with portfolios, personal statements, and course choices, if this is the path you wish to explore.
What will I learn?
You will learn a range of Art and Design skills, techniques and theories and develop the confidence and knowledge to develop your own independent outcomes, culminating in an exhibition of your work at the end of the course. The course will also support you in developing the skills, confidence and experience necessary to progress to higher education study.
The course consists of 10 units, both graded (g) and ungraded (u) which make up a total award of 60 credits.
All students will undertake the following units:
- Drawing 1: Basic Techniques – 3 credits (u)
- Drawing 2: Life Drawing – 3 credits (g)
- Printmaking – 3 credits (u)
- Photography – 6 credits (g)
- Design – 6 credits (g)
- 3D – 6 credits (g)
- Colour – 6 credits (g)
- Final Major Project 1: Research & Development – 9 credits (g)
- Final Major Project 2: Exhibition & Analysis – 9 credits (g)
- HE Study Skills – 9 credits (u)
These units are supported by tutorial sessions and extensive support with portfolio development and UCAS university applications.
Where will it take me?
Potential career options include: Artist, Graphic Designer, Architect, Printmaker, Photographer, Illustrator, Textile Designer, Game Design and more.
Progression opportunities include: Higher education study across a variety of Art and Design courses.
Assessments are intended to prepare students for higher education assessments by developing skills in research, time management, organisation, critical and contextual analysis.
There are three main assessment points during the year where you will submit the work achieved across multiple units. The primary means of assessment is through your personal, annotated sketchbooks and practical work, but also includes the following assessment methods:
- Portfolio of Evidence
- Exhibited Work
- Written Essay
There are no prior qualifications needed to apply for this course, although prior creative qualifications and experience would be an advantage. We recommend that you have GCSE English and Maths at a minimum of Grade 4 (C) before you commence the Access course. However, please contact us to discuss your prior qualifications and planned progression route and we would be happy to advise based on your particular set of circumstances.
It is advisable to check the GCSE requirements for the higher education course you wish to complete following the Access course, as they may have different stipulations.
Information & Support
Your studies will be supported through weekly tutorial sessions with regular individual feedback and group discussion. Course information and documentation as well as session resources are available via our online learning platform.
Truro and Penwith College offers extensive additional support through its Learning Services, Study Support and Student Services teams.
Although a lot of materials and resources will be provided, some additional expenditure will be required including purchasing of sketchbooks and additional materials. There may also be opportunities for study visits both locally and abroad for an additional cost. Bursary support may be available to help with these additional costs via Student Services.
Awarding body: CAVA
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