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The Creative Industries contributed £101.5bn to the UK economy in 2017, accounting for 5.5% of UK Gross Value Added (GVA).

Level 1 students can choose from a wide range of subjects to specialise in for further study towards a career. You will develop a range of study skills including English and Maths qualifications, as well as building a portfolio of work to prepare them for progression to Level 2 study in either the art or design area of their choice, or alternative subject areas in other departments.

Throughout the year, you will;

  • Visit the Gallery and studios of an International artist.
  • Travel to either London or Cambridge to view current exhibitions
  • Undertake live briefs wherever possible including creating T-shirts for our Pop Up Shop and designing posters for local events
  • Use specialist studios for Textiles, 3D Design, Printmaking and Photography
  • Put up an exhibition at the end of the year that the public will be invited to view
  • Your last project will allow you to develop your work, around a theme, in a specialism of your choice

What do our students say about the course?

"Fun and helped me produce other art techniques"

"To develop skills further and for the future"

"Helped me design and plan for the next final piece and for the Level 2 course"

Career Destinations

Artist or Designer within Fashion, 3D Design, Visual Merchandising, Graphic Design , Animation, Photography or another Creative Field.

What can I do next?

Once you have successfully completed this course you will have gained a nationally recognised qualification, developed your personal skills and have opportunities to progress onto the Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design or Level 2 Diploma in Media.

What will I be doing?

You will;

  • Explore 2D and 3D visual communication and ways of working through art and design project work
  • Improve visual research and study skills in preparation for progression to further study
  • Develop an individual career plan towards working in the creative industries
  • Gain confidence and teamwork skills to enhance communication and fulfil potential
  • Create an individualised portfolio of work appropriate to the area of progression
  • Develop appropriate skills/qualifications in English and Maths

Added Extras

  • Supports progression to Level 2 art and design course or an apprenticeship
  • Specialist group and individual learning support with an emphasis on diversity and different ways of learning
  • Development of study skills and core skills in Maths and English
  • Enrichment programme of visits including London art galleries and major exhibitions of art and design work to broaden knowledge of creative practise
  • Employer engagement including live briefs, working with local museums, theatres and resident artists and a programme of visiting speakers, including student alumni and practitioners, from the creative sector.
  • Encourage learners to gain confidence in realising their potential in their chosen field and contribute to professional exhibitions, competition and showcases

    How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed through working on practical assignments, producing a range of products and sketchbooks. Functional skills are assessed through portfolio and one of the units will be externally assessed.

    Entry requirements

    English Functional Skills at Level 1 or Entry Level 3.

    You will be required to provide examples of art and design work at interview.

    What do I need to bring?

    You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £110, a kit list will be provided, this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £90 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.

    Students at HRC who meet the eligibility criteria can apply to the Bursary Fund for support towards essential kit, visit and material costs. Please note - bursary funding is not guaranteed and is subject to availability at the time of application. For further information contact the Information Centre on 01992 411411 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Fee Information

    Free to Home students under 19 on 31st August 2023.
    If you are a Home student aged 19 or over on the 31st August 2023, you may be liable to pay approximately £2,500 tuition fee for a Level 2 qualification and approximately £5,000 for a Level 3 qualification (these were the tuition fees for 2022/2023 and could be subject to change for 2023/2024).

    If you are aged 19-23 you may also be entitled to free tuition if the course you choose is on a government-approved list and the qualification is your first full Level 2 or Level 3 qualification.

    If you are aged over 24 and you have not achieved a full Level 3 qualification you may be entitled to free tuition if the qualification is listed on the Government Free courses for jobs list. Similarly, if you already hold a Level 3 qualification (or above) and meet the Adult Education Budgets definition of unemployed or are in receipt of low wage, you may also be entitled to free tuition.

    You may also be required to pay an administration fee, exam fees, kit fee and an Awarding Body Registration fee if applicable.

    These fees are indicative of the 2024-25 costs and may be subject to change


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