Are you looking to pursue an art & design related subject at university, but don't quite meet the entry requirements? Designed for adult learners, this course will prepare you for art & design related degrees or other advanced courses at university or college.
This course is ideal if you're interested in a career in art, design or media and would like to return to education and eventually progress to university. You'll complete modules to help develop your confidence and academic skills, as well as a range of modules covering multiple aspects of art, design and media.
You will study a broad art and design curriculum which will include drawing and painting, printmaking, textiles, sculpture, life drawing, digital manipulation and contextual studies. You will generate a portfolio of artwork which will allow you to progress onto higher education whilst being supported with all aspects of the UCAS application process. This will include writing of personal statements, references, interview techniques, advice on suitable courses for progression and portfolio construction.
You will be assessed during the course as each unit is taught and completed. A variety of methods will be used such as assessment of workshop outcomes, supporting contextual research, presentations, and assessments of collaborative group tasks, independent projects and group critiques. You will conclude the course with an end of year art and design exhibition. The course will be assessed by highly experienced teachers who have a breadth of specialist skills and knowledge, in order to enrich your learning experience.
Access to Higher Education Diplomas are recognised by all universities for most degree subjects. They have been designed, developed and approved with the support of universities and other higher education institutions. Warrington and Vale Royal College offers a highly popular and successful HNC/HND programmes in Fine Art and Applied Arts which offers an internal pathway, allowing learners to progress onto level 4 and 5 study, with the option of a top up to level 6 at university after their study at college.
You will be encouraged to attend galleries and museums to view the work of other practitioners, in order to enrich your work. There will also be guest speakers / artists who deliver talks around developing professional practice, networking, setting up a business and developing a personal style. You will cover a broad range of materials, processes and techniques where vocational links will be explicitly made throughout the delivery.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. For further information on HE student support please visit wvr.ac.uk/higher-education-student-support
Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college. For further information on HE funding support please visit wvr.ac.uk/higher-education-funding-support
Most universities require GCSE in English Language and/or GCSE Maths at C or above, in addition to the Access Diploma, in order to be eligible to apply for certain degrees. You are therefore advised to research your intended degree and the universities you intend to apply to, in order to confirm their specific entry requirements. For this reason, you will be required to have a minimum of GCSE English Language or Maths at C or above for entry onto the Access Course. Adults who do not have the pre-requisite entry qualifications are welcome to apply. The admissions tutor will use your initial assessment results to ascertain whether this is the right course for you.