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Creative Arts

Are you keen and have the interest in pursuing a career in arts and design? This exciting and innovative course will help you to develop a range of creative art skills. This Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media (UAL) is designed to provide an opportunity for those who have an interest in art, design and media to explore materials, methods and processes that support many art, design and media activities, and to begin to develop related skills. The qualification structure provides a linked introduction to broader art, design and media contexts. It is intended that this initial experience of art, design and media activity will provide you with an early test of your commitment and interest in the subject. It will also measure your ability to sustain a focused exploration of the skills, knowledge and understanding for progression within the art, design and media education. If you have an interest in art, design, or media, and want to develop and test your creativity, then this is the course for you.

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    Entry Requirements

    3 GCSE D-G/ or 3-1 (in 2017 GCSEs) Entry Level 3 English qualification

    If you are accepted onto this course without a Grade 4 (that's the former Grade C) or above in Maths or English, you will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in these subjects. This will be a compulsory part of your timetable.

    Assessment Method

    You will create portfolios for each module, which can include written work, sketchbooks, notebooks, journals, images, digital recordings and photos. You will be assessed on these portfolios.

    Aims of the course

    The course aims to give you a perfect start if you want to work in the creative arts, design or media industries. You will gain useful new skills in many fascinating subjects, including drawing and sketching, camera capture for film, editing techniques, fashion, and design, while acquiring the practical, communication and personal skills needed for a job in the creative sector.

    Progression Opportunities

    Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to progress onto our more specialised level. This course can lead you into entry level jobs in design, media, film, photography, fashion, arts or the creative sectors. These jobs can include design assistant, studio assistant, front of house operations and positions within the fashion industry. Successfully passing the Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media will also give you the opportunity to enrol on one of the following Level 2 courses:

    • Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (UAL)
    • Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design (Fashion) (UAL)
    • Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art and Design (Photography) (UAL)
    • Level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production and Technology (UAL)
    • Level 2 Diploma in Performing and Production Arts (UAL)


    Lewisham College has a long history and a fantastic reputation in creative arts covering art & design, fashion, media, music and performing and production arts.

    Our courses are delivered in spacious, state-of-the-art studios enjoying natural daylight from the adjoining Tressiliian road offering excellent inspiring views of Lewisham way. We have a huge 90-seat theatre, spacious dance and technical theatre studios, rehearsal rooms, computer editing suites, recording studios, and digital and traditional black and white photography developing dark rooms.

    To offer the best experience to you using the great facilities above, we have assembled a team of industry-trained expert tutors and professional technical staff, who have lifelong industry knowledge and experience.

    In addition, you will participate in regular visits to galleries and museums and will receive the chance to exhibit your work at our exciting end-of-year show. All students are encouraged to develop a strong portfolio to enable them to progress to a higher-level course or job.

    With courses in creative arts ranging from art and design, and performing arts, through to media production and production arts available from Level 1 right up to Level 3 Extended Diplomas this year, we are sure to have a course to match your dream and future plans.

    Our students have progressed to working with organisations such as Tate Modern, King's College, Goldsmiths, Central St Martin's, Camberwell School of Art, Imperial War Museum, Channel 4, The BBC, The Daily Telegraph, Sky Sports News, Rambert Dance, Young Vic Theatre and The Royal Shakespeare Company.

    Career Options

    When you're deciding what to study post-16, it's important to think about where your course will lead. As a trained artist or designer, you'll be starting on a career path with loads of opportunity for progression and a good salary in your sights. For example: Artists start on around £16,000 a year and can earn £20,000 with 3-5 years' experience. Graphic designers start on around £21,000 a year and can earn £28,000 with 3-5 years' experience

    If you're interested in a career in the art and design industry, we offer a diverse range of vocational courses that will help you get where you want to go. Aimed at training students in their chosen discipline, our courses include valuable work experience opportunities and the chance to exhibit your work, preparing you for your first role in the industry.

    This course gives you the potential opportunity to enter employment within a wide range of the creative arts sector.

    This course can lead you into entry level jobs in design, media, film, photography, fashion, arts or creative sectors. These jobs can include design assistant, studio assistant, front of house operations and positions within the fashion industry.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 1 year
Start Date 13/09/2021
End Date 08/07/2022


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 1,287 p/year
24+ £1,287 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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