Art, Design, Media & Production


CAREER PATHS: Publishing, Design, Advertising, Buying, Illustration, Artist, Animation, Product Design, Photographer, Make Up, Web Developer, Web Designer.


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We feel it is important to offer a variety of different level courses to suit all ages and abilities. We currently offer a range of programmes at Higher Education Levels and work in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.

We offer you


  • Open-plan flexible studios and workshops
  • Specialist studios for Printmaking, Photography, Media Production, Fashion & Textiles and Ceramics
  • Practical work-related projects to help develop the skills and knowledge you need
  • Excellent links with local employers
  • Outstanding teaching and support from specialist staff
  • Opportunities to participate in trips and visits in the UK and abroad
  • End-of-course celebrations including exhibitions and catwalks

 

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Art, Design, Media & Production Courses

HND Graphic Design


This diploma course prepares students for a career in the graphic design industry in areas such as Commercial Design, Graphic Design for Film and TV and Web Advertising. The course includes modules studying Professional Practice, Techniques and Processes, Typography and Graphic Design Practices. The programme is supported by the professional standard facilities of a Mac Suite, traditional print room, professional photographic studio as well as lecturers who are practitioners within the industry.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

2 YEARS

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HND Digital Design


This diploma course prepares students for a career in the Digital Design industry and provides the opportunity to explore and develop the technical skills required to create artwork through visual, aesthetic and experiential elements within digital design practice. As well as studying modules in Screen Based Practice, Digital Design Practice and Techniques and Processes, students will also be guided through Professional Practice and Creative Industries Placement, giving an insight into what is required for a career within the Digital Design industry. The programme is supported by the professional standard facilities of a Mac Suite, 3D Design software as well as lecturers who are practitioners within the industry.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

2 YEARS

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HND Art Practice


This in-depth diploma course allows you to enhance your existing knowledge and understanding of fine art disciplines. To complement your studies in historical and contextual studies you will gain the opportunity to refine your practical skills in 2D & 3D work, whilst enhancing your knowledge of interdisciplinary Art Practices. The programme is suppported by professional standard facilities of a Print and Ceramics studio, MAC-Suite, Professional Photographic Studio and Darkroom as well as lecturers who are practitioners within the creative industry.

PLEASE APPLY FOR THIS COURSE THROUGH UCAS

2 Years

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HND Photography


This diploma course prepares students for a career in the photographic industry through modules studying Professional Practice, Techniques and Processes and Lighting for Photography. As well as studying traditional black and white film development and processing in a darkroom, students also learn about digital photography and image manipulation using sophisticated computer software. The programme is supported by the professional standard facilities of a photographic studio, professional lighting, black and white darkroom and film processing lab as well as lecturers who are practitioners within the creative industry.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

2 Years

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HND Product Design (Ceramics)


This course has been designed to help students discover the creative art of working with clay and how to use this unique material for design purposes. As well as developing the creative experience in studio ceramics, the programme helps students acquire the necessary skills for self-employment. Through a series of innovative projects in our purpose-built ceramic design studios, learners experiment with 3D design techniques and broaden their craft. The programme has appropriate work spaces for a range of ceramic projects and is run over two set days.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

2 Years

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HND Performing Arts Technical Arts (Media Make-Up)


Our Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts (Technical Arts) Media Make-Up equips our students with the knowledge, skills and techniques required as a make-up artist working in film, theatre, fashion and television. Students are encouraged to explore different techniques and effects in hair and make-up styling for photographic shoots, as well as developing skills in sculpting and casting to produce special make-up effects, prosthetics and character creation. On successful completion of the course, you will be equipped with a high level of professional and practical skills and a portfolio of photographic work, as part of your professional development, for self-promotion and employment opportunities. You will be fully prepared to pursue a career in the make-up industry or progress onto further degree level study. Throughout the course you will develop a range of skills including make-up techniques for fashion, theatre and TV; fantasy wig and hair styling techniques for TV film and theatre; creating special effects using prosthetics; body painting and airbrushing; drawing, design and costume fabrication. Units delivered for this qualification are: YEAR ONE: • The Performing Arts Industry • Professional Development • Production Communication • Stagecraft • Special FX • Hair and Make-up Application • Fashion and Fashion Editorial Hair and Make-up • Period Hair and Make-up YEAR TWO: • Creative Research Project • Working in the Performing Arts Industry • Management Role • Hair and Make-up Design • Mask and Puppet Making • The Freelance Hair and Make-up Artist • Special FX2 Info graphic showing percentage spent in teaching and learning, independent study and placement.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

2 Years

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BA (Hons) Advanced Make-up, Hair & Prosthetics


This one year Level 6 programme has been designed to further develop and extend the knowledge acquired by students at level five, in wig-making, hair, make-up and prosthetics for film, TV and theatre. The course encourages a developmental approach to teaching and learning, encouraging research, experimentation and reflection. This highly practical course has a strong emphasis on professional working practices, focusing on the development of individual competence and confidence in the production of industry standard outcomes. Module design enables students to develop their own creative ideas to discover their own individuality and to make them stand out in the field of professional make-up, hair and body artistry. The course has excellent connections within the industry, and will offer students the opportunity to engage with industry professionals through organised trips, guest speakers, demonstrations and benefit from the current professional experience of our lecturers. Modules of Study are: • Advanced Hair and Wig Making • Advanced Make-up, Hair and Prosthetics • Professional Practice • Developing Design Ideas and Experimentation • Delivering Demonstrations • Final Major Project.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE, PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

1 year

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BA (Hons) Graphic Design


This three year course prepares students for a career in graphic design. The first year explores the fundamentals of graphic design by delving into the topics such as creative typography, visual communication and how graphic design has developed over the years. Years two and three continue to build on students’ knowledge and skills exploring not only static design aspects in greater depth but adding motion graphics and kinetic typography, whilst also developing the students own professional practice and research skills. The final year focuses on a dissertation, major project and professional practice ensuring that students have a well-developed portfolio of work that they can use to support that search for their ideal job or to launch their own business. The contextual studies modules underpin the programme by enabling students to appreciate the role that graphic design, advertising, marketing and branding play in the development and maintenance of contemporary consumer society alongside further developing students research, analysis and communication skills. Studio practice modules focus on conceptual problem solving whilst fostering creativity and innovative approaches to communicating effectively with a range of potential audiences and target markets. Students will study the following modules: YEAR ONE: • Introduction to creative Typography • Graphic Design, Process and Print • Introduction to Visual Communication • Web Design • Graphic Design, Culture and Change YEAR TWO: • Creative Industry Professional Practice* • Graphic Design in Practice • Visual Communication in Context • Motion Graphics and Kinetic Typography • Research and Analysis Methods YEAR THREE: • Self-initiated Major Project • Extended Research Project/Dissertation • Creative Industry Entrepreneurialism* *module changes are subject to approval.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

3 years

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BA (Hons) Illustration


Our BA (Hons) Illustration course encourages students to become creative and innovative illustrators and image-makers. The programme is aimed at those looking to work as illustrators, be it for editorial, graphic novels, comics, cartoon strips, television and film animation storyboarding, advertising storyboards, computer games and children’s books. Students quickly develop the ability to create highly creative illustrative solutions. In addition, the programme helps students gain a meaningful understanding of historical and contemporary influences on illustration. Self-motivation, personal confidence and marketing skills are all fostered to enable graduates to win commissions in a fiercely competitive field. During your final year exhibition, you will exhibit your work to a variety of representatives from the creative industry. This event offers networking and employment opportunities and ensures the School of Art maintains strong links with regional employers. Each year comprises of interrelated modules emphasising approaches to making narrative images with creative flair and consistency. Students will study the following modules: YEAR ONE: • Visual Communication in Illustration • Drawing • Visual Narrative, Storyboard and Scripts* • Digital Tools for Illustration and Animation • Illustration in Context YEAR TWO: • Drawing for Illustration • Sequential Illustration Anthology Project* • Live Briefs and Collaborations • Illustration Research Project • Personal and Creative Style YEAR THREE: • Self-Initiated Major Projects • Extended Research Project/Dissertation • Professional Practice and Exhibition *module changes are subject to approval.

TO APPLY FOR THIS COURSE PLEASE GO THROUGH UCAS

3 years

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