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Art, Design and Fashion

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Explore a wide range of skills, techniques and different media with this introductory into art and design. Develop visual and practical skills to help you progress onto further study or gain employment in the creative industry.

Units covered may include the following:

  • Photography
  • Graphics
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • 3D and sculpture
  • Textiles, fashion and print

Students also complete a skills project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSE passes at grade 3 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or equivalent vocational qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.


Students are not expected to have previous experience in all areas of study, but are expected to be able to draw and have a good sense of colour. At interview students will be asked to show examples of art and design work they have produced. This may be a sketch book, a portfolio of pieces or digital photographs of work produced. It is often difficult to obtain art and design coursework for interviews that fall later in the academic year as schools and colleges usually have to keep work securely until all the exam results are published. We are therefore happy to look at digital images of work or an applicant may complete a drawing from direct observation that takes around 30 minutes to complete of one or more items around the home.


Level 2 Extended Certificate in Art and Design


Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body. Students will produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units. Assignments set will have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines. In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

Home Study

Students can expect to have between one and four hours of homework each week. This may range from finding materials to researching artists, information or themes and images for an assignment.

Work Placement

Students are expected to participate in a programme of work experience and record this experience in a log book. Speakers from the creative industries are invited in to talk to students about their roles and areas of employment. In addition to this students may visit one or more work places to see creative employment roles.


Level 3 Art and Design, an apprenticeship or employment.

Fees and Additional Costs

Students may be asked to contribute towards the travel costs of visits to art and design galleries and museums in the region and London. Students may need to pay or contribute towards materials and resources that extend beyond the expected outcomes of an assignment.

Additional Information

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*Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email info@newbury-college.co.uk.

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