Art and Design, Photography and Media UAL Level 1 Diploma

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

This course is 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.

This course is the UAL Level 1 Award and Diploma in Art, Design and Media.

UAL Awarding Body believes in transformative education. They design and award creative qualifications that empower and inspire educators to help students reach their potential.

UAL Awarding Body is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation and currently offers qualifications in Art and Design, Fashion Business and Retail, Creative Media Production and Technology, Music Performance and Production and Performing and Production Arts. They are also the UK’s leading provider of the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Their qualifications have high retention and achievement rates because they are flexible, responsive and relevant to industry needs, and facilitate student progression.

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

You need to have 4 GCSEs at Grade 2 or above including English and maths, with a keen interest & evidence in the subject (example of work or portfolio).

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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