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3D Product Design And Technology – A-Level

Why take this course?

If you are intrigued about how products are designed and manufactured then the AS/A2 3D Product Design course is for you. To be successful on this course you must enjoy designing and making products and be a creative individual. This is a qualification appropriate for students who might want to progress into areas such as 3D Design, Industrial Design, Product Design, Manufacturing, Business, Engineering, Interior Design, Sports Design, Ergonomics, Automotive Design and Architecture courses in Higher Education.

What will I study?

You will learn about a broad range of materials such as composites, smart materials, metals, polymers and timbers and also look at how these material properties suit specific manufacturing processes and the function of a product, together with the aesthetic qualities. You will also research the wider issues that product designers must consider in today’s climate, such as green and sustainable design, alternative biodegradable materials, methods of production, and inclusive design solutions. Within the A2 course students research a number of case studies that analyse individual products and how they relate to modern manufacturing systems, ICT in manufacturing, the application of ICT in Product Design, the work of past and present designers, major developments in technology, sustainable and environmental concerns, and human needs and factors.

How will I be assessed?

AS Unit 1 and A2 Unit 3 are both externally assessed by examination papers. Unit 2 will consist of two coursework projects in one combined portfolio of work. Unit 4 is a self set piece of coursework, which lasts the whole of the second year course. This is assessed by your tutor and moderated by the examining board.  Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 in the AS course are worth 50%each. You will carry 25% from each unit through to the A2 course when Unit 3 and Unit 4 are equally worth 50% of the A2 course (25% overall).

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will develop skills in design and manufacturing through coursework projects and acquire the knowledge of workshop tools and equipment. Presentation skills in the form of a portfolio of work and skills in magic marker rendering and CAD will be developed during the ideas and development stages of projects. You will also produce prototypes, developing skills in material selection and manipulation to test ergonomic and user interaction for your developing designs. You will also take part in problem solving activities, practical/design workshops and use a variety of media such as the internet, CD ROMs and CADCAM. You will need to be committed to 3D Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in understanding of and commitment to the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

Following AS and A2 Product Design 3D Design and Technology, you have a variety of options open to you. The majority of students progress onto higher education and begin a degree in the following areas: Industrial Design, Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Ergonomics, Marketing, Manufacturing/Production, Architecture, Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture, together with a full range of craft based subjects. Alternatively you may decide to enter the world of work and combine further studies with an apprenticeship. Some of our past students have embarked on a 3 year Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Architectural apprenticeship. Following on from University and apprenticeships, students have been rewarded with successful career opportunities and advanced in the following careers: Teaching, Product Design and Automotive Design at companies such as Jaguar, Kellogg’s Engineering, Formula One McLaren, Shell, BNFL and TVR.

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Being a successful designer involves much more than people realise, solving issues such as the environmental impact, sustainability, recycling, reusing and improving existing designs, together with considering the market demand, clients and potential users. Special skills are required to balance all the above.

Architecture – A-Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

You enjoy exploring how architecture works and would like to learn how to develop ideas and designs for a range of projects.

You aspire to work as an architect, interior architect, urban planner or landscape architect.

You want to progress to university to study a range of courses in art and design, with a specific bias to an architecture-related course.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will learn a wide range of 2D and 3D techniques and digital processes to enable you to create a coherent project that leads from your inspiration to a resolved model. You will develop research skills, studying contemporary and historical architecture and designs, as well as developing your drawing and problem solving skills. You will enhance your creative skills, as well as computer-based design, as you initiate, develop and realise your ideas through a personal, practical art and design working process.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Year 1 (AS) – coursework
Year 2 (A-Level) – coursework and an exam assignment Submission of sketchbooks, samples and final outcomes.

 

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE

• genuine interest and commitment to the subject is essential
• enthusiasm for creating personal and unique work
• passion for developing your creative skills

 

PROGRESSION

Students can progress directly onto a broad range of architecture-related degree courses. Another recommended option is to progress onto the Art Foundation course.

 

PRIESTLEY EXTRA

As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk about career possibilities.

Art & Design – Level 2

Why take this course?

 

You will be able to explore and develop your ideas and produce final outcomes in a project that takes place at the end of the year. You will experience projects in graphics, textiles, fine art and 3D design.

 

What will I study?

 

More than 50% of your programme will be made up of a vocational specialism leading to either a BTEC Level 2 or OCR Level 2 qualification.

 

How will I be assessed?

 

Most of the vocational Level 2 programmes are assessed through coursework and external assessments. However, some programmes are assessed through coursework alone. For your coursework assessments a variety of methods will be used including written work, oral presentations, posters, group tasks and, where appropriate, practical performance.

 

What skills and qualifications do I need?

 

You should have a range of GCSEs at Grade D/E or 3/2 in English and Maths with at least one GCSE at Grade C or Grade 4 and an average GCSE score of 3 or better. You will also need to have a keen interest in your chosen vocational area and be determined to succeed.

 

What can I do next?

 

The majority of students who complete our Level 2 programme progress to one of our Level 3 courses. To progress to Level 3 you will need to obtain merit grades in your vocational programme and make good progress where appropriate in English and/or Maths and have a good attendance record. Other students progress directly into employment with training or to a range of apprenticeships.

 

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Alongside your main vocational programme you will be able to take one or more of the following:

 

English and/or Maths up to GCSE

Every student who does not have a GCSE Grade 4 (Grade C pre 2017) or above in English and/or Maths will have to work towards achieving a Grade 4 whilst some students with a Grade 4 could choose to aim to improve to a Grade 5 or above. For those with a Grade 3 this will mean taking a one-year re-sit programme whilst those with less than a Grade 3 will be able to take a pre- GCSE course to develop your skills. To help us place you on the right English and/or Maths programme all students without a GCSE grade 4 in English and/or Maths will be required to take specialist diagnostic assessments.

Many students who already have a GCSE Grade 4 or above in English and/or Maths will also be able to take the Higher Project Qualification. This course will help to develop your all round study and research skills based around a personal project of your own choice. If you make an excellent start to your time at Priestley you may be able to take this at AS Level (the Extended Project qualification) to give you a real head start when you move on to Level 3 work.

All students at Priestley are able to take part our broad range of enrichment activities including sport teams, the Duke of Edinburgh Award and performance groups.

All students taking a Level 2 vocational programme will also have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of work related learning activities. These will include visits to and from relevant employers and the opportunity to take up work placement opportunities that will be organised and monitored by the college. You will also benefit from trips and visits related to your chosen area of study and from a broad range of visiting speakers including past successful students.

Art and Design – BTEC Level 3

This exciting course is for students who are considering a career in Art and Design or one where a background in art is relevant – such as fashion/textile design, fine art, graphics, photography, 3D design, theatre, museum or gallery work. It is a course where you can find out which aspects of art and design are your strengths in year one and you can develop a personal portfolio in your chosen pathway in year two. The course is for students who enjoy being creative – working to ‘real’ projects set by Art and Design professionals – and who thrive on challenges. So if you want a creative career, are hardworking and enthusiastic about Art and Design and willing to take on new ideas, then this creative course is for you. Students on this programme progress to University to study Art or Design, or into Art and Design related employment.

 

What will I study?

The two-year course comprises of compulsory and optional units, which allow you to build up a portfolio of Art and Design work to a professional standard. Initially in year one you will work in a variety of 2D and 3D materials before specialising in an area of your choice. You will not only develop your creativity but you will also learn about how artists and designers work in industry. This choice or pathway enables you to develop high level work in your chosen area, for University or employment.

 

How will I be assessed?

The programme is all coursework based. You will be formally assessed throughout the course and receive feedback during and at the end of each assignment. You will always know what you have achieved and how to improve. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades. At the end of the course you follow a final major project of your choice which is displayed in an exhibition. It is a final showcase for your work.

 

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Art and Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

 

What can I do next?

You will develop a personal varied and exciting portfolio of work that you are able to present to University or employers at interview, as evidence of your interest, ability, chosen pathway for study and future potential.

 

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As well as working in the studios you will be encouraged to participate in research trips and gallery visits to support your studies. As part of your course you will have the opportunity to talk to visiting speakers from University and from industry about careers and courses. You will be taught by specialist staff who share their expertise in your classes.

Art Foundation Diploma – BTEC Level 3 / 4

Why take this course?

The Foundation Diploma at Priestley aims to provide an intensive one-year course, which is seen as the first stage of a career in Art and Design and as an important preparation for Art / Design related courses in Higher Education. This is a one-year Level 3/4 BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and is worth two GCE A Levels and equivalent to up to 285 UCAS points.

What will I study?

The diagnostic stage of the foundation year consists of learning through experimental workshops covering a range of 2D and 3D media including; drawing, conceptual thinking, painting, sculpture, textiles, fashion, photography and graphic design. The pathway/final major project stages of the course will allow further experimentation and development in an identified area of Art and Design.

How will I be assessed?

The course is completed through a final self-set project, which is assessed internally and moderated externally at Level 4 standard.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Art and Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

In order to prepare you for selecting a Higher Education pathway and building a portfolio for interview, the programme will have an emphasis on supporting and encouraging self-initiated learning, whilst offering a wide range of practical skills and knowledge in Art and Design. As the year progresses, you will take the initiative for self-directed projects. This aspect of the course is linked to a career choice and concentrates on preparing portfolios for interviews. In the past, successful university applications have included BA (Hons) and HNDs in Fine Art, Textiles, Fashion, Interior Design, Architecture, Animation, Stage Design, Product Design and Graphic Design. In recent years students have successfully gained places on apprenticeships in interior design and graphics.

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Visits to contemporary art, design and craft galleries in cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and London will give you direct access to a wide range of historical and contemporary practices that can inform your own development.

Computer Games Design – BTEC Level 3

Why take this course?

You will learn by completing a range of exciting and varied assignments based on workplace situations and activities – both technical and creative –that are fundamental to the Computer Games industry. You will also have the benefit of being able to interact with your tutors and of visiting industry professionals. In the second year you will have the opportunity to create a final public exhibition showcasing the best of your work. As well as learning about employment in the Computer Games industry, you will develop the skills you will need to progress to University.

 

What will I study?

You will develop relevant Art and Design and Information Technology skills and produce work using industry standard software and techniques including 2D and 3D game design, concept art, animations, game merchandising and digital image editing. You will learn how to work effectively as part of a team and, most importantly, develop a strong appreciation of traditional visual communication skills such as observational drawing.

 

How will I be assessed?

Units of work are internally assessed and verified through assignments set and marked by your tutors. Others form part of the Final Major Project. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades. When you have completed all the units of the course you will receive an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

 

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Art and Design and Computer Graphics, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

 

What can I do next?

This course is for students with ambitions to progress into any of the numerous roles available to them in the Computer Games industry and allows access to university courses in areas such as Games Designer, Programming, Storyboard Artist, Game Art, Character Animator, and 2D/3D Modelling.

 

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Understanding and commenting on the current industry trends is a vital part of the course and you will be encouraged to participate in visits to industry-led exhibitions to enrich your own practice. We also invite speakers from Universities and from industry to talk to you about career paths. A large proportion of the assignments are ‘live’ –set by industry professionals who have a very clear idea about the skills you will need to develop to succeed in this ever expanding area.

Digital Photography – A-Level

Why take this course?

The main purpose of the course, like any programme in Art and Design, is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and produce a unique response through digital photographs.

What will I study?

The course involves practical photographic work covering topics such as portraiture, landscape, still-life, documentary, photo journalism and experimental imagery. You will be expected to possess and use your own digital camera, which should be of appropriate quality. The ability to undertake photographic assignments regularly out of College during daylight hours

(usually at the weekends) is essential as this forms the basis of coursework.

How will I be assessed?

The AS and A2 courses comprise two units each – coursework units and end-of-course exam projects. You will produce preparatory work, initial ideas, developmental work and a final piece in response to a theme set by yourself or your tutor. Your work journal or visual notebook will provide the core evidence for each unit and you will be expected to include notes and comments on your own work and that of others.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

The course is predominantly based upon digital technology and uses professional digital imaging software and hardware. The appreciation and study of the work of artists and photographers is covered throughout the course. You will learn how to make effective use of a camera according to circumstances and intentions and how to compose and refine photographic images, both in camera and through their sensitive manipulation on the computer. You will need to be committed to photography, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

Students can progress directly onto photography-related degree courses at university after they have completed their A Levels. However, there are some universities, which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course prior to starting a degree to broaden their experience.

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As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career possibilities. So if you enjoy being creative, are hard working, have a keen interest in photography and want to learn how to use industry standard photo manipulation software, then choose AS and A2 Digital Photography.

Fine Art – A-Level

Why take this course?

The Fine Art course promotes an experimental approach using a wide range of media including painting, print, mixed media and digital imagery. If you are keen to explore observational drawing you will be suited to the course as it underpins all Fine Art practice and is seen as an essential requirement for the course. Developing your creative understanding can be useful in many fields of learning as well as a range of careers. It is particularly appropriate for advertising, architecture, industrial or product design, history of art, teaching and work in the creative industries. After further study at an art school, Fine Art can lead to careers in design, textiles, fashion or even as a practising artist.

What will I study?

Students engage in practical studio work, which is informed by relevant contextual study and are encouraged to further their artistic interests, understanding and skills within a supportive environment. Students are encouraged to explore and develop ideas as well as being introduced to new techniques and processes. The AS and A2 courses comprise of two units each – coursework units and an externally set assignment. All of these units allow personal responses and staff will encourage you to work to your individual strengths.

How will I be assessed?

Informal assessment takes place throughout an assignment and there is a formal assessment at the end of each unit. At the end of the course you will exhibit all your work. It will then be finally assessed and externally moderated.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Art and Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

Students can progress directly onto Art and Design related degree courses at University after they have completed their A-Levels. However, there are some Universities which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course to broaden their experience prior to starting a degree.

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As well as research trips and gallery visits we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career possibilities. So if you enjoy being creative and you are hard working then AS and A2 Art and Design is the course for you.

Graphic Design – A-Level

Why take this course?

This is the course for individuals with ambitions to progress into such areas as advertising, website design, illustration, computer game graphics, publishing and printmaking.

What will I study?

The AS and A2 courses comprise of two units each – coursework units and an externally set assignment. All of these units are geared to allow personal responses and staff will encourage you to work to your individual strengths. Creation of original imagery is at the core of what you will do. You will be taught how to produce and manipulate imagery by using a wide range of industry standard computer software including Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. You will also be encouraged to use other traditional methods of image making to fully explore your ideas.

How will I be assessed?

Informal assessment takes place throughout an assignment and there is a formal assessment at the end of each unit. At the end of the course you will exhibit your work where it is finally assessed and externally moderated.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

In Graphic Design you will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the effective use of visual communication, using a combination of traditional materials and computer-based processes (Adobe Creative Suite). During the course you will be taught how to interpret and convey ideas and concepts, as well as how to develop your imagination, creativity, documentary, and analytical skills. You will need to be committed to Graphic Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in understanding of and commitment to the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

Students can progress directly onto Graphic Design related degree courses at University after they have completed their A Levels. However, there are some Universities which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course prior to starting a degree to broaden their experience.

Priestley Extra

Understanding and commenting on the work of other artists and designers is a vital part of the course and you will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits to enrich your own practice. As well as research trips and gallery visits, the department invites speakers from universities and from industry to talk to classes about career possibilities.

Graphic Design – BTEC Level 3

Why take this course?

During the course, you will learn by completing assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations and activities; you will learn industry standard graphic design skills. You will work with industry professionals on ‘live’ projects, producing work that will provide you with numerous opportunities to see your projects used commercially. In the second year you will create a final exhibition showcasing the best of your work. As well as learning about employment in the creative industries, you develop the skills you need to start a career in Graphic Design or to progress to Higher Education.

What will I study?

You will develop general art and design skills using a variety of 2D and 3D media including drawing and painting, photography, model making and art history. You will also learn specialist skills ranging from Computer Image Manipulation, Website Design, Advertising, Typographic and Print. You will develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the effective use of visual communication, using a combination of traditional materials and computer-based processes using industry standard software (Adobe Creative Suite).

How will I be assessed?

Units of work are internally assessed and verified through assignments set and marked by your tutors; others form part of the Final Major Project. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades. When you have completed all the units of the course you will receive an overall grade.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Graphic Design, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in understanding of and commitment to the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

This course is for students with ambitions to progress into areas such as graphic design, illustration, advertising, publishing, interactive media and any other art and design career via a degree or by going straight into industry.

Priestley Extra

Understanding and commenting on the work of other artists and designers is a vital part of the course and you will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits to enrich your own practice. As well as research trips and gallery visits, we invite speakers from universities and from industry to talk to you about career paths. A large proportion of the assignments are ‘live’ – set by industry professionals. Past clients range from Sky TV, Barclays, Professional Imagemaker, to various local and national charities and businesses.

 

Photography – BTEC Level 3

Why take this course?

The BTEC in Photography is an Art and Design course aimed at students interested in exploring digital photographic technology as well as traditional materials and techniques. You will study a range of photographic subjects and genres such as studio and darkroom techniques, digital editing, manipulating and retouching, commercial, editorial, documentary, fashion, fine-art, landscape and still-life. You should have a genuine interest in the creative and media industries and be aiming for progression in these areas.

What will I study?

As well as developing your essential practical skills, the Extended Diploma will enable you to learn more about photography. The course will introduce and develop skills and knowledge in using digital and film SLRs, pinhole cameras, darkroom techniques, lighting and studio equipment. You learn important skills that will equip and prepare you for a career within the photographic or wider creative industries, such as managing your time, professional development and working in a team. You will learn about relevant and current skills and practices, which will enable you to start generating your own income as a photographer. The course is equivalent to three A Levels, which means when you have completed the course you can choose whether to progress to a higher level of study, seek employment or begin to secure your own photographic commercial opportunities within the photographic industry or a related area. This course is designed for individuals with a genuine interest in developing and widening their interest in photography using new and traditional techniques to produce innovative and creative outcomes.

How will I be assessed?

There are no formal examinations. The coursework produced for all the units is internally assessed through assignments set and marked by your tutors. Others form part of the final major project which demonstrates all you have learned during the course in an extended personal project which is externally verified. All students study the five core units and the final major project. You will follow summative assessments for each unit when you have the knowledge, skills and experience, which contribute to the final grades.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

You will need to be committed to Art and Design and Photography, be willing to work hard, and be excited by the idea of producing work that is personal and unique. Also a passionate interest in the understanding of, and commitment to, the subject are major requirements for success.

What can I do next?

BTEC Level 3 courses are valued by employers and universities of higher education. Throughout the course you will learn and use a variety of transferable skills. These skills are in great demand and are recognised by employers, universities and colleges. They enable you to access a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You will also be given the opportunity to explore and practice a range of skills and knowledge that will give you the confidence to gain and secure your own photographic commissions.

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As well as working in the studios you will be encouraged to participate in professional workshops and research trips. You will have the benefit of being able to talk to visiting speakers from universities and from industry about progression. You will also support and participate in a range of cross-college exhibitions and shows.

Textiles – A-Level

Why take this course?

Do you enjoy working with fabrics, mixed media, colour, pattern and texture? This course offers an exciting, creative and fine art approach to AS/A2 Textiles. It gives students the opportunity to progress onto a range of courses at University including; Textiles and Fashion Design, Theatre Costume, Fashion Promotion and Styling, Fashion Retail and Management.

What will I study?

You will learn traditional and contemporary textile and fabric manipulation techniques to produce garments, fashion accessories, installations or wall-hangings. You will develop research skills by studying contemporary and historical textile and fashion designers and artists as well as developing your drawing and problem solving skills as you work through assignments. Critical and creative skills will be enhanced as you initiate, develop and realise your ideas through a personal, practical art and design working process.

How will I be assessed?

The AS course consists of one coursework assignment, that is based on a theme set by tutors. There is also an externally set practical examination project of approximately eight weeks where you will produce initial ideas, developmental work, critical research, and a final outcome.

On the A2 course there is a coursework assignment with a supporting 1,500-word illustrated essay which is related to your practical textile work. There is also an externally set examination project with an eight-week preparatory period, followed by a 15-hour timed exam to produce the final outcome. All units are internally assessed and then externally moderated at the end of the year. During each unit, staff will assess your work, giving you feedback on your progress and time to improve your coursework units.

What skills and special qualifications do I need?

A genuine interest in Textiles and commitment to the subject is essential. You will also need to have at least a grade C at GCSE in an Art and Design subject or GCSE Textiles Technology, or provide evidence of your skills and interest through the presentation of a portfolio.

What can I do next?

Students can progress directly onto textiles and fashion-related degree courses at University after they have completed their A Levels. However, there are some universities which prefer students to take an Art Foundation course to broaden their experience prior to starting a degree.

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Gallery visits are an important part of both the AS and A2 programmes. You will have the opportunity to listen to visiting speakers from university and participate in workshops with practising artists and designers. You will also visit the end-of-year degree shows at a local University. Students can also participate in the College catwalk show.