The Art and Design department at Nescot offers an interdisciplinary programme of study, which concludes in specialist or interdisciplinary pathways, as students develop and expand their knowledge and skill set.Department information
Art & Design: Level 1 UAL Diploma
Are you interested in studying art and design but do not have a qualification in it or would like to develop your knowledge and skill? If so this is the course for you, this is a practical hands-on course which provides a foundation in art and design techniques.
Art & Design: Level 2 UAL Diploma
Are you creative? Do you spend a lot of time drawing and painting or making things? If so, this practical course is a very good way to prepare yourself for future study in art & design. You will be able to develop your practical skills using a range of materials. You will learn about different artists, crafts people, and designers and develop your own ideas by working on challenging projects.
Art & Design: Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
This full time level 3 course runs for 2 years and will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills necessary to succeed at a professional level. You will explore and express your ideas using a range of different 2D, 3D, fashion, textiles and new media techniques. Assignments will encourage you to discuss your own work and that of other artists and designers. There will also be visits to galleries and museums at regular intervals to support your studies.
Digital Art: Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma
Our Level 3 Extended Diploma in Digital Art has been designed to reflect industry, and as such you will develop your creative, design and technical skills across a number of sectors such as graphic design 3D Design and Concept Art. Using industry-standard software and equipment, you will complete a diverse range of digital design projects that will stand you in good stead for either full-time employment or a route into university-level study.
Creative Enterprises Professional Diploma (Promotional Media)
This course is designed for students who wish to work freelance in the creative industries. It provides students with the opportunity to develop their creative enterprise skills by developing start-up projects and professional practice. Students will specialise in corporate filming and videography. This course is FREE for under-19s (please check with us at interview/enrolment)
Foundation Diploma in Art and Digital Design
This L4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Digital Design is intended for students to build a body of work within their chosen specialism. Working in our state-of-the-art studios, students will interweave their practical work alongside contextual awareness. There will be an experimental approach to the course with a carousel of workshop-based briefs designed to upskill you in all key areas before specialising in your chosen discipline. This course is FREE for under-19s (please check with us at interview/enrolment)
The Art and Design department at Nescot offers an interdisciplinary programme of study, which concludes in specialist or interdisciplinary pathways, as students develop and expand their knowledge and skill set.
Our students have progressed to top creative universities:
Our student’s creative achievements have been showcased every year at the Annual UAL Exhibition, Origins in London. In 2018, our Level 2 student, Rio, was chosen as the national winner of the Level 2 Art and Design Award.
The department has purpose-built, naturally lit studios and specialist workshops for printmaking, 3D & digital work. Students also have access to photography and film equipment, darkrooms, photography studios and facilities for working with sound. Tutor demonstrators and technicians are available to help learners to get the most from the equipment and facilities available. The department has an open studio policy and students often work in the department outside normal class hours on their portfolios and projects. Industry-standard processing, digital imaging and photography studios with Broncolor lighting, complete range of film cameras and monochrome darkroom.
There are a large number of creative arts students at Nescot and students help each other with projects frequently. We have a programme of visiting artists and designers to give students experience of working with a wide range of talents and temperaments and each year we stage a major end of year public exhibition. There are also opportunities to work on live design briefs, exhibit work outside of the college and collaborate with the performing arts department on costume, set and prop design. Not all work takes place in studios and classrooms – we visit places relevant to the areas we are covering in the curriculum, as well as visits to galleries and museums.
Careers within art and design can include: Animator, Graphic designer, Brand identity developer, Buyer, Curator, Digital print designer, Fashion designer, Fine artist, Garment technologist, Illustrator, Photographer, Set designer, Sculptor, Textiles designer, Trend forecaster and Visual merchandiser.
At Nescot we encourage our students to think ahead, so that they can choose the right courses to fit them and their future. We also use an innovative online platform called Start, which is a free and comprehensive digital platform, offering students a single starting point to help simplify careers guidance. Students can build a personal profile aimed at guiding them throughout their career. Find out more here.
Skills you will gain
Students work on project briefs reflecting the 'real life' practices and standards of arts industries. The industry-focused skills you will develop include:
- Idea conception
- Audience understanding
- Constructive criticism
- Portfolio development
- Passion and self-motivation
- Digital and technical skills
- Flexibility and working to deadlines
So far this year we’ve been building up our skills, and I can see I’ve made progress. We’ve been working on different techniques and with different materials, including print-making, textiles and sculpture. We’ve also been doing some research into other artists, and taking inspiration from them for our own projects. The Level 1 course feels like a really good foundation to studying Art and Design, and I’m really enjoying it. The teachers are really approachable and they’re good at explaining things, and the college campus is accessible.
The teachers all have different backgrounds and styles, so you get to learn different skills and perspectives. We’re taught to be critical, and how to research a brief and develop our work. That’s really useful for university and for our future careers. I’m going to the University of Hertfordshire next year to study Animation and Modelling.Hear from our students
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