What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?
Student can choose to study for a Diploma / Extended Diploma in one of four specialist pathways: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography and Textiles.
This course is ideal for students who wish to study Art and Design predominantly and who are committed to a career within this field. It is equivalent to three A Levels and is universally recognised as an entry qualification for degree level study.
This course is ideal for you if you are passionate about the arts and see yourself working in the creative industries.
Most of the work is practical and studio/workshop based. There will be whole class discussions and lectures on the more theoretical aspects of the course. Your lecturers will work closely with you and you will be encouraged, as the course progresses, to develop your own interests. Your work will be assessed at the end of each year. You take part in a final exhibition to celebrate your work.
Fine Art is the course where you make images, paintings, sculptures, installations, drawings, photographs because you want to explore an idea for yourself rather than work to someone else’s. Good drawings skills are demanded. An inquisitive mind and a willingness to explore the visual world are a must. Your work will be assessed at the end of each year. You take part in a final exhibition to celebrate your work.
What topics will I study?
What experiences will I get?
You will visit galleries, including an optional residential visit abroad.
What are the entry requirements?
Standard entry requirements: Grade 4 in English Language and Maths. Plus, you will need three GCSEs at grade 4 or above and three GCSEs at grade 3 or above.
Subject specific entry requirements or recommendations: You should have Art at grade 6 or above and an interest in, and commitment to, art and design. You will have to present a portfolio of artwork at your interview.
What can I study alongside this course?
This course is studied on its own and cannot be combined with other courses.
What facilities are there?
The Art and Design Faculty has numerous art studios, a print workshop, a ceramics workshop, a 3D workshop, photographic darkrooms, fashion and textile workspace, IT rooms with industry standard software eg: Photoshop, Flash, Motion, Stop Motion Pro and Final Cut Pro software on PCs and Macs.
What can the course lead on to?
You could progress to specialist courses at Exeter College, including a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and then one of our Foundation Degrees. Alternatively, you could begin your career in graphic design, illustration, photography, fine art, animation, web design, teaching, architecture, or interior design. This is the preferred progression route for top arts universities including our progression partners at UAL.
Are there any additional costs?
Some essential materials will be provided by the college. There is a materials and equipment fee of £80.00 to be paid at enrolment at the start of your course. You are likely to spend at least £80.00 per term on other additional materials and equipment. You will be invited to take part in study visits to exhibitions; a typical day visit to London costs £25.00-£35.00. There may be the opportunity to participate in a residential visit abroad.
This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.