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This course is designed to prepare you for the world of work in the creative sector. The UK has one of the most diverse and vibrant creative landscapes, employing around 3.12 million people and generating around £101.5 billion each year.
Employment in the UK creative industries is growing at 4 times the rate of the UK workforce.
Our Level 3 Art and Design course provides you with a firm grounding in the creative process whilst allowing to choose one of these exciting specialist areas to focus upon:
Fashion Design and Communication
Are you an aspiring designer? Or perhaps want to start your own fashion label? Or do you have a desire to set the next big trend?
Wherever your interests lie, our course offers an exciting introduction into the dynamic world of fashion. From concept to production, you’ll learn the skills needed to create high-quality products that will then be effectively communicated through various visual media.
You will be taught the fundamentals of fashion design; from garment construction, pattern cutting, sewing and textiles with a focus on sustainability.
You will develop skills in styling and image-making, visual graphics, fashion drawing and photography to promote you and your creative vision.
As well as this, you will study the historical influences and theoretical concepts in fashion to help inform your practical skills, project research and critical reflection.
In your first year you will create a range of fashion products including accessories, style photoshoots and plan an end of year catwalk show. These projects will allow you to develop a range of technical and academic skills to prepare you for your final major project.
In your second year, you will build upon this and move more towards your chosen specialism. Your tutors and Learning Facilitator will guide you through with expert advice and support.
On completion of this course, you will have produced a strong portfolio of work that you can then share with potential employers or to gain further studies at University. Career pathways include fashion and textiles designer, stylist, merchandiser, trend forecaster and buyer.
“The artist sees what others only catch a glimpse of” - Leonardo Davinci
Do you have a passion for art, are curious to explore, and aspire to new challenges? Then this specialist course could be for you.
You'll work with an encouraging and supportive creative team to find your own unique style before specialising in your own preferred pathway:
We work closely with industry professionals in order to provide an opportunity to build a valuable network right from the start. Competitions, collaborative working and live projects give you the confidence and skills to progress into employment or university.
You will learn through experimentation and exploration by engaging in practical and theory sessions, work on live briefs with industry specialists, discover the work of other artists and designers, find opportunities for career and progression routes and visit galleries and places of cultural and educational interest.
In year 1 you will build skills and confidence in the creative process exploring a range of practical skills using a range of materials and techniques - drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, graphics and illustration.
We give regular feedback, designed to help you be the best you can building to your final major project, a body of work that shows your strengths and personal interests, based around the areas in which you excel and reflecting your research, contextual design, presentation and, of course, your practical skills.
In year 2 you'll advance your skill set and professional qualities building towards the extended final major project, showcasing how far you have come. Assessed on your professional portfolio of work, you will be ready to progress to university or the other exciting next steps in your creative career.
On completion of this course, you will have produced a strong and broad portfolio of work that you can then share with potential employers or to gain further studies at University.
Our students have progressed in the following creative careers:
If you have boundless imagination and the desire to explore industry standard digital tools, to invent and create exciting visuals, then this course is ideal for you.
Digital Arts offers opportunities to manipulate pixels as well as traditional media to design characters, props and environments for your comics, games and film ideas. Putting you in good stead to develop a career in the burgeoning digital sector in the North East - one of the fastest growing industries in the country.
Working with experts in the field in our state of the art digital lab, you will hone your craft to be able to design, model, animate, light and render. You will have access to Adobe Design suite subscription for college and personal use throughout your time with us.
Entertainment Design at Gateshead College offers three pathways:
Throughout this qualification you will build skills, competencies and confidence in the creative process, understanding how to reflect on your practice and unlock your creative potential.
We'll give you regular feedback, designed to help you be the best you can, be it in practical work, concept development and design or how you creatively problem solve.
You are graded at the end of each year. In year one this is the final major project, a body of work that shows your strengths and personal interests and is based around where you excel. Reflecting your research, contextual design, presentation and, of course, your practical skills.
Top-up onto the extended diploma in year two and you will advance your skill set and professional qualities building towards the extended final major project, showcasing how far you have come.
Assessed on your professional portfolio of work, you will be ready to progress to university or the other exciting next steps in your creative career.
As a team we are highly motivated and positive and believe that an open mind and a can do attitude is the best way for you to get the most out of your learning.
We work closely with our students and often learn from each other to embrace creativity, share new ideas and celebrate at the end of year with an exhibition of the fantastic work produced.
Live projects are an exciting and important part of the course. You'll work on live commissions or receive work placements with external companies.
Our network of employer partnership includes:
This is an amazing opportunity to show you can work to a live brief with your own style of work; perfect to add to your CV.
“We were amazed at the work the students produced.” Newcastle Crown Court
“It was great working with the college on this project to commemorate these iconic structures, which have been a familiar sight in Redheugh for more than a century.” Northern Gas Networks
Whatever support you need, we’re here for you and will make sure you get the
most out of your time at college.
have expert teams in place to look after every single one of our
specialist teams can help with:
Our team will support you throughout the course to help you to decide on your next steps, whether that is into work or onto university or further study. After the course, you can progress onto an appropriate Level 3 or 4 foundation course or university programme.
The college has award-winning careers advisers, offering one to one help with UCAS applications or advice on routes into employment or starting your own freelance career.
The course attracts up to 168 UCAS points if fully completed.
The standard entry requirements for this course are:
5 GCSE grade 4 or above (grade A*-C), including English and Maths and a creative subject studied at GCSE. You will have a chat with our teachers and you'll need to bring a portfolio of work to this (this can be digital).
Applicants who do not meet all the course entry requirements, may still be considered. If not able to continue with their application to this course, an alternative course will be explored and further advice and guidance offered.
“I am able to express myself on this course which is good.” Jamie
“The improvement in my personal work is amazing!! I love the course and all the new things I've learnt.” Melissa
“The facilities are fantastic and the staff are very supportive and encouraging. I would not hesitate to recommend it to others. I have learnt a great deal and it has given me confidence to apply to university. It has been a dream come true.” Linda
“A vibrant and positive environment to work in. Purposeful and enthusiastic creative minds to work with all year. I Love it!" Kafui Avornyo, Teacher.
“I work with a fantastic team our skills, knowledge and personal attributes
contribute to ensuring our students are provided with exceptional teaching and
exciting innovative projects. There is always a real buzz in the department.”
Sharon Fenwick, Curriculum Leader.
This course is free to those aged under 19 years old.
Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free course fees and there are grants and bursaries you can apply for to help cover the costs of coming to college, depending on your circumstances.
For one to one advice, contact our friendly team who will assess your individual circumstances and give you the right information. You can contact them on 0191 490 2246, [email protected] or via Live Chat. Or pop along to one of our Enrolment Events.