Art & Design

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

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.

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

Are you interested in a creative career, but not quite sure what? Whether it is graphics, fashion, illustration, a tattooist, Interior designer or product designer, then this is the course for you.

By covering a wide range of disciplines in art and design we’ll help you discover you dream career.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: One year

Starting date: September 2019

Location: Teesdale


What will you do?

Exploring different disciplines our Art & Design courses will help you discover your own creativity. You will carry out a range of projects to develop your skills in drawing and painting, sculpture, textiles 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?

Continuous assessment by your tutors on a regular basis throughout the year and you will receive informal and formal assessment reviews as well as regular tutorials and progress reviews.


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 2019

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 2019

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

Take a look around, everything you see has been designed by someone from your clothes to the design of the phone in your pocket. 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.

Attendance: Full-time

Duration: Two years   (Linear)

Starting date: September 2017

Location: SRC Bede


What will I do?

You’ll explore different types of media from drawing and painting to textiles, printing, sound and photography. Learning through workshops and demonstrations you’ll explore different materials to suit your creative style. Visiting national and international galleries, you’ll consider ways of getting your work out to an audience and see your own work exhibited.


How will I learn?

Your learning experiences will include visits to galleries, workshops and ongoing guidance in the use of materials and development of ideas. You will have full ownership over your projects and all avenues of exploration will be facilitated. The course consists of four 70 minute lessons per week.


How am I assessed?

All units are based on 4 assessment objectives covering the student’s ability to research, experiment with materials and develop an idea to an outcome.


What’s next?

You could go on to study Fine Art or a related subject at university. Future careers could include graphic design, interior design, creative direction, product and set design.


You need:

A keen interest in art plus an Art GCSE grade A*/9-B/6 is recommended


3 Reasons to join us:

  • Consistent 100% A-C grades
  • Students who have studied Art here have gone on to study Art at some of the best universities in the country.
  • Did you know that an Art director earns typically over £ 80k.

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.