What is the course about?
This Level 1 NCFE award will cover key principles of painting and drawing, including ways of looking and using varied materials. You will learn to explore ideas and techniques and allow you to develop knowledge and understanding of artistic processes. It will teach you skills necessary to progress onto our Level 2 UAL Diploma in art starting in September.
Is a pre-enrolment interview or assessment required for this course?
Yes, please contact our customer services before enrolling.
What level is the course and do I require particular skills, experience or prior qualifications?
This is a beginner’s course and is suitable for learners with an interest in painting and drawing, but with little or no experience.
Entry level or above English and Maths, and basic computer skills and digital platform knowledge, or willingness to learn how to use them, are required for this course.
What topics does the course cover?
In our specialist studio you will be taught approaches to drawing and painting including observational and expressive skills and methods of research using visual language such as tone, mark making spatial systems and colour theory. You will develop your creative and reflective skills through projects and tutorials, evolving your interests and direction as an artist.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Learners will receive feedback on progress from the tutor on a regular basis. At the end of the course learners will assess their individual progress and progression with the tutor.
You will work in both digital and non-digital formats and be expected to digitally record your work, upload it online and produce a digital or e-portfolio of work for assessment. The tutor will use observation, discussion, individual tutorials, and targeted tasks with feedback. Formal assessment will take place at stages throughout the course, and you will receive written and oral feedback.
Are there any other costs or equipment I need to get?
The materials fee covers materials such as card, paper, standard paint colours and a sketchbook. For your self-directed study, a basic art kit is required e.g. brushes, pencils, paints, inks, chalks, charcoal, pens, scissors etc. (this list is not exhaustive).
By the end of the course what should I be able to do?
By the end of the Level 1 you will have gained a thorough introduction into creative art practices and will have established systematic recording techniques, which will help with future development. You will be able to work independently with confidence.
What are the progression opportunities following this course?
This course will enable learners to progress onto our Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art starting in September 2023. You can also develop your skills further on one of our specialist short courses that run throughout the year. Options will be discussed towards the end of the course with your tutor.