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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What type of Art & Design courses do you offer?
There’s a comprehensive range of Diplomas available to study at Swindon College, each designed to prepare you for an exciting career in the Creative Industries. Check out our website or prospectus for more details.

2. What different course levels are available to study?
The Diploma courses we offer are Level 2, or Level 3, which is the equivalent to three A Levels

3. What grades and qualifications do I need to enrol?
The entry criteria depends on the subject area (Art & Design, Media Make-Up, Digital Media) and level of study. Typically, applicants will need four GCSEs at grade 4 or above for a Level 3 course and three GCSE’s at grade 4 or above for a Level 2 course, preferably including an Art and Design subject. In most instances, applicants will be invited to an interview and bring examples of their creative work (portfolio). Students without the required GCSE grades in English or Maths will need to study these as part of their programme. Check out our website or prospectus for more details on the specific enrolment criteria for each course.

4. How long does the course take to complete?
Most courses are full time study and take two years to complete. The Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media takes one year to complete and is open to age 19+ candidates.

5. Can you explain about the kind of work I will be doing?
The Art & Design Diplomas consists of a variety of disciplines that you will be encouraged to master. You will be introduced to materials, techniques and processes associated with Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design and Ceramics, as well as expanding your contextual understanding and develop your research skills. In year 2, you choose two specialist pathways and explore a wide range of media, responding to creative briefs. All practical work will be supported by the study of Art theory and Contextual Studies.

6. What about work experience?
Our tutors maintain close ties with employers and there’s plenty of opportunity to engage students in commercial projects and give them a real taste of working with real clients.  All Level 2 and Level 3 students are required to complete 30 hours of work experience.

7. What kind of careers will be open to me once qualified?
Once qualified, you could find yourself progressing into an exciting career as a Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Fine Artist or Photographer to name a few. A qualification in Media Make-Up, for instance, could lead you on a career path as a Make-up or prosthetics Artist within Film/TV, Theatre and Fashion.

8. Why should I choose Swindon College for Art & Design?
Our well-equipped workshops and studios are the perfect setting in which to develop your artistic skills. Our experienced Tutors will also nurture your creativity to help you reach your full potential. We also maintain close links with employers in
the creative industry, making it easier to assist you in getting a foot through the door in your chosen Industry.

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