Skills for the Creative Industries Art and Design - Level 2 Diploma (Aimaward)
Qualification Obtained: Diploma in Skills for the Creative and Cultural Sector (QCF)
The Aim L2 Diploma at Blackpool and the Fylde College provides a realistic introduction to the development of the skills needed for the Creative Arts sector. It addresses not only the creative aspects but the technical and business approaches required to succeed in current day industry.
The qualification combines practical and hands-on experience together with knowledge and understanding of art and design. The delivery of the units prepares and progresses the learners by providing a practical introduction and ensures learners readiness for employment or further study and training.
The specific aims of this qualification is to develop confidence in an individual’s creative abilities, develop technical skills and knowledge through the use of a variety of techniques, processes and media with support and guidance, explore ideas and issues, offer opportunities for valuing different ideas and contributions from others, develop an understanding and awareness of the contribution of the arts to culture and society, make connections between their own work and that of others
Course Entry Requirements
If you have passion and interest in creative practice, and are prepared to work towards developing your potential we want to hear from you.
Successful applicants to this course will usually have:
4 GCSE’s at D and above of which one must be either English or Maths.
In is an advantage if you have taken art or product design at GCSE level, but if you can evidence a skill and a passion in Art and Design then we can help you with your future.
We encourage conscientious and tenacious students, hardworking and dedicated. Punctuality and full attendance is also required; expectations are that we are training you for the workplace.
Career Options and Progression
The majority of learners progress onto our level 3 courses at Blackpool and the Fylde College. These include; Graphics, Photography, Media and Fashion. Learners may also apply for Level 3 Creative Apprenticeships to gain further qualifications in the workplace.
Modules and Assessment
Assessment of this course is based on a portfolio of work that successfully meets all the grading criteria for chosen units. This will include sketchbook work, paintings, drawings, 3d work, digital outcomes, written work and any other supporting material.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will be working on practical assignments where you will be producing art and design work, with a wide variety of techniques, materials, and methods.
In addition you will be given the opportunity to investigate experimental approaches to your work, combining traditional and digital methods. You will be expected to research, plan, explore, develop, produce and then evaluate and reflect on your ideas.
The teaching method is specialist workshop based demonstration and experimentation which is supported by individual and group based projects and briefs.
Work Placement and Field Trips
The course encourages learners to attend research trips that are organised for the Aim L2 course. Previous research trips have taken students to Yorkshire Sculpture park, Tate Liverpool, The Walker Art Gallery, Royal academy, National Gallery, Tate modern and Tate Britain. Research trips play an important role on the course and learner projects.
All staff involved in the delivery of further education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant vocational and industrial experience and professional practice.
Students who are 18 or under and resident in the EU pay no course fees. Read our tuition fees guide for students 19 and over.
Essential materials such as sketch books are supplied initially as well as access to specialist and industry standard equipment. Learners thereafter are expected to cover the costs of their art materials and an indicative list of materials is supplied at the start of the course.
The college has its own art shop, and there is a larger art and design shop 5 minutes walk away from the college. Course trips that are organised by the college may have a fee attached to them, full details of which will be given to learners at the start of their course.
Learners will have access to industry standard equipment from the beginning of the course. All learners will have available to them a supply of basic materials at the start of the course. Learners are encouraged to purchase their own materials to support their studies. Learners will also have access to industry standard software such as Photoshop, illustrator and ‘Solid works’. Access to laser cutting and 3D printing is also available to Art & design learners on this course. We have large fully equipped traditional print room that is used to support learner’s projects.
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