Art & Design

Art & Design

Take a look around, everything you see has been designed by someone, from your smart phone to your shoes, even the pattern on your socks! Studying Art & Design will give you a new way of looking at things, the perfect way to get into the creative industries.

What will you do?
Exploring different techniques our Art & Design courses will help you discover your own creativity. By carrying out a range of projects you’ll develop skills in drawing and painting, sculpture, textiles and graphics. You’ll also visit exhibitions, have a go at location work and see your own work exhibited.

Is it right for you?
If you’re a creative thinker and love trying different artistic techniques then this is the course for you. A career in the creative industries requires original thinking and a willingness to try something new.

Achieve more with our Art & Design courses
Achieve more with our Art & Design courses
Art & Design Success Story

Vocational

If you are a budding creative this could be the perfect course for you. Our team of expert tutors will introduce you to a wide range of disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and graphics. Working in a friendly, creative environment, you will not only develop your creative skills but also build the confidence you need to progress on to our higher level courses.


Diploma in Art & Design Level 2

Come and develop your creative skills with one of our art and design courses. You will open up a world of exciting opportunities that you didn’t know existed. With our courses you can draw yourself a bright future in design, fashion, illustration, tattooing, interior design, product design and so much more.

We have excellent links with industry and local businesses and you’ll benefit from guest speakers, work-related projects and experience of selling and exhibiting you work.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

You will carry out a rage of projects to develop your skills in drawing & painting, sculpture, textiles & illustration and graphics. You will also visit exhibitions, have a go at location work, see your own work exhibited and complete a work placement.


How am I assessed?

You will assessed through a portfolio of practical and theoretical work.


What’s next?

Move on to the BTEC Art & Design Extended Diploma Level 3.


You need:

An Art & Design Level 1 qualification or equivalent, or four GCSEs grade 3/D-E.


Why English and Maths matter…

As a creative you might need to calculate ratios for materials, understand size and perspective and annotate and price work.


What else do I need to know?

If you require any additional information please contact the Course Leader at:

liz.dixon@stockton.ac.uk


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Basic art and design equipment will be required. You will be provided with a list at induction.


What financial and additional support can I get?
Financial support for transport costs (bus pass) and Additional Learner Support for those with learning difficulties. * subject to eligibility.


3 reasons to join us:

  • Excellent success and progression rates
  • Guest speakers, work-related projects, experience of selling and exhibiting work.
  • Excellent trips including London.

 

Extended Diploma in Art & Design Level 3

If you love being creative, trying different artistic disciplines and exploring new ideas, then this is the ideal choice for you. By developing your creative skills a variety of future opportunities can open up to you.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

By exploring different techniques, our Art & Design courses will help you discover your own creativity. You’ll carry out a range of projects to develop skills in drawing and painting, sculpture, textiles and graphics. You’ll also visit exhibitions, have a go at location work, see your own work exhibited and complete a work placement.


How will I learn?

There will be a range of practical tasks for all students to actively take part in as well as educational visits to enhance classroom learning.


How am I assessed?

Continuous assessment through assignments.


What’s next?

You could go on to university to study subjects including fine art, textiles or graphic design, or move on to a relevant apprenticeship or employment in areas such as interior design, set design or illustration.


You need:

BTEC Diploma in Art & Design Level 2 or four GCSEs grade 9-4/A*-C.


Why English and Maths matter…

As a creative you might need to calculate ratios for materials, understand size and perspective and annotate and price work.


What do you need to know?

If you require any additional information contact the course leader:

nicola.rowling@stockton.ac.uk


How do I apply enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What uniform/kit do I need?

Basic art and design equipment will be required. You will be provided with a list at induction.


What financial and additional support can I get? Financial support for transport costs (bus pass) and Additional Learner Support for those with learning difficulties. * subject to eligibility


3 Reasons to join us:

  • Excellent opportunities to progress to university
  • Excellent success rates in achieving high grades and scholarships
  • Excellent links with industry and local businesses.

 

Extended Diploma in Fashion & Clothing Level 3

Do you love fashion? Would you like to work in the fashion industry? There are a wide range of jobs in the fashion industry from designers through to fashion buyers, illustrators, fashion public relations or stylists. On this course you will learn all about the many different aspects of this exciting industry.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

For the fashion-focused our dedicated course will give you the chance to explore creative techniques in the fashion and clothing industries. You’ll get the chance to draw on new skills including design, surface pattern, pattern cutting, construction and textiles. You will get the opportunity to take part in a work placement and attend a number of trips and visits, including London.


How will I learn?

There will be a range of practical tasks for all students to actively take part in as well as educational visits to enhance classroom learning.


How am I assessed?

Continuous assessment plus work to be moderated externally.


What’s next?

You might choose to go to university to study subjects including fashion design, textiles or fashion business. Or you could go on to an apprenticeship or employment in areas including design, fashion buying, dressmaking or fashion journalism.


You need:

BTEC Art and Design Level 2 or four GCSEs Grade 9-4/A*-C including Maths and/or English or a merit in a relevant Level 2.


Why English and Maths matter…

As a creative you might need to calculate ratios for materials, understand size and perspective and annotate and price work.


 What do I need to know?
If you require any additional information contact the course leader:

nicola.rowling@stockton.ac.uk


How do I apply/enrol?

www.stockton.ac.uk/apply


What kit/uniform do I need?

Basic art, design and sewing equipment will be required. You will be provided with a list at induction.


What financial and additional support can I get? Financial support for transport costs (bus pass) and Additional Learner Support for those with learning difficulties. * subject to eligibility


3 Reasons to join us:

  • Excellent progression to higher level courses
  • Opportunities to exhibit and sell work
  • Opportunities to work with practicing national and international artists

 

Apprenticeship

An Apprenticeship gives you the opportunity to get into the world of work and earn real money whilst gaining nationally recognised qualifications.

If you are a school leaver, currently unemployed or looking to start a new career, Stockton Riverside College can help you to find the right Apprenticeship and employer for you.

Design Apprenticeships 

If you are creative, a Design apprenticeship could be perfect for you. You’ll learn the skills needed to work in a number of industries including fashion, marketing, and manufacturing in creative job roles including graphic design, tattoo design, interior and fashion design.

Main duties:

As a level 2 apprentice you’ll develop specialist skills by assisting lead designers or design teams by:

  • Preparing documents
  • Writing presentations
  • Using software and artwork
  • Assisting with creative briefs
  • Drafting final illustrations for customers
  • Researching projects
  • Working on the production of leaflets, labelling, stationery and marketing material

As a level 3 apprentice you’ll expand the skills developed throughout the level 2 apprenticeship by:

  • Producing designs related to specific employment
  • Liaising with clients
  • Taking projects from brief to completion
  • Preparing and proofing copy
  • Learning about the design process
  • Designing for a specific target audience
  • Using materials, media and techniques relating to your job role

Assessment:

You will be allocated a course tutor/assessor to provide guided learning and support with assignments. You will be observed in the workplace by your allocated assessor.

You need:

Apprenticeships require a good level of English, maths and/or ICT. Our initial assessment and your GCSE results will help inform us of your ability and what support we can offer to get you to the level required.

If you do not hold the relevant GCSEs you will need to complete the Functional Skills qualifications as part of your apprenticeship.

You must be:

  • at least 16
  • a UK resident
  • in employment. We can help with this

To undertake a level 3 apprenticeship, you need a level 2 qualification or to have experience in a relevant field.

Duration:

Level 2: 12 months
Level 3: 18 months

A Level

Studying Art and Design offers you the chance to explore your own creativity, developing your ideas, think critically and learn to express yourself artistically with growing expertise.

Art and Design

The UK’s creative industries are now worth a record £101.5 billion to the UK economy, and Art & Design is a subject that could lead to a well-paid and fulfilling career in the arts. This course offers you the chance to explore your own creativity, develop your ideas, think critically, and learn to express yourself artistically with growing expertise. There is no greater satisfaction than being absorbed in the creative process, and the course is tailored to provide you with this experience.

FACTFILE:

Duration: Two years

Starting date: September 2020

Location: Bede Sixth Form


What will I do?

This course is very rewarding and gives you the opportunity to express yourself imaginatively and creatively, using a whole range of different media. You will develop a range of skills in relation to drawing, painting, sculpture and mixed media. Following the art process from your initial research and starting points through to development and experimentation, you will produce a body of work for each unit. Alongside this you will research a range of relevant artists to gain inspiration and visit relevant exhibitions.


How will I learn?

Taught via interactive workshops, during the six week induction period you will learn how to analyse the work of artists and how to use this to inspire and develop your own work. You will learn how to generate ideas through games and audio visual presentations, and receive guided workshops on key skills like drawing, printing, mark making, mixed media and photography. For the remainder of the course you will learn through twice weekly one-to-one tutorials in which we will discuss and assess the quality and direction of your work and make improvements where necessary.


How am I assessed?

Your work will be assessed formatively on a regular basis and you will be given a working grade once every half term, based on criteria provided by the AQA. Your first project, worth 60%, is assessed in February. your second project, worth 40%, is based on a theme provided by the exam board and will be completed in a 10-15 hour time period in May.


What kit/uniform do I need?

We will provide you with as many materials as possible, but there may be specialist items that you acquire yourself.


You need:

Students should have grades 9-4 in seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and GCSE Mathematics, and a grade 6 or above in GCSE Art.

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and maths alongside your other courses. These are essential skills that all employers value.


What’s next?

Future careers could include graphic design, interior design, creative direction, product design, film and TV set design, and many more. Some of our most recent students have gone on to study Fashion Journalism at Manchester University, Fine Art at Newcastle University, Games Design at Teesside University, Fashion Journalism at University of Arts London, Architecture at Northumbria University, and Interior Design at the University of Brighton.


Reasons to join us:

  • This course has had a 100% pass rate for nine years.
  • A consistent high percentage of high grades
  • A consistent record in students securing places on highly competitive arts degree courses
  • Our small class sizes mean that you get the one-to-one attention you need to develop your practice.
  • You’ll have access to enter competitions with cash prizes, and receive advice and guidance on marketing and selling your own work.

What our students say:

“The guidance I have received has secured my place on my dream degree course and I’m looking forward to a career in the arts”

“The course has really made me reach my creative potential on my own terms”

“I really love the way we get to choose our own themes and which artists to study”

“I’ve loved it, I’m really going to miss my art family”

“We’ve learnt so much, but also had a laugh”


How do I apply/enrol?

Complete our simple online application form: www.stockton.ac.uk/apply

Alternatively, you can find a hard copy of our application form at the back of our prospectus. Complete this and post it back to us, or hand it in at our Reception.

Career Pathways

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English & Maths

Depending on your previous grades you may need to study English and Maths. These are essential skills that all employers value. Your tutor can answer any questions you have regarding this.

Work experience/employability

We want to help you develop real skills for real jobs. That’s why we work closely with a wide range of employers to ensure all of our courses give you the skills that they are looking for in their future employees. We offer students a wide range of work experience opportunities including live performances, working with a local radio station and much more. Our dedicated online program ‘My Work Search’ will help prepare you for future job opportunities.

Social and personal development

You’ll get the opportunity to develop a range of additional skills including the ability to work independently and as part of a team, organisation, research skills, putting together and delivering presentations, career skills and use of ICT and our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Your tutor will be able to tell you more about course specific developments.