Art and Design, Photography and Media (Visual Arts) Level 1 Diploma

A first step into learning about the creative arts and media industries.

Suitable for students with an interest in visual arts.

Our courses have a strong vocational emphasis and will enable you to progress to other courses in creative arts or media. You will benefit from subject-specialist teaching and excellent resources, including our full HD TV studio with green screen.

The course is multi-disciplinary, with an emphasis on practical experimentation. Students are introduced to a range of technical processes that includes:

  • Photography
  • Moving Image
  • Animation
  • Drawing
  • Editing
  • Research Skills
  • Idea generation and creativity

If you are 16–19-years old and have not already attained the equivalent of a GCSE Grade 4 (C) in English and maths, you’ll be required to retake these subjects, or to undertake Functional Skills, alongside your full-time programme.

You will learn about the wide range of jobs available within the sub sectors of art, craft, design, media and photography. You will also develop an understanding of the skills required to work in each sector.

You could progress onto a Level 2 programme in art, design, media, performing arts and more.

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Applicants will be required to complete an internal assessment.
All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.

Why Guildford College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 100+

    Courses available

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  • 79+

    Years of teaching experience

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