90 or 180 Credit Course
Achieve a 90-credit diploma in your first year of study then top up to 180 credits on the extended diploma in the second year. The extended diploma gives you much more detail on the subject — it's the same as three A-levels and is a great route into university. If you already have 90 credits from another college, you can choose to top up to the extended diploma with just one year of study.
This is your chance to get involved in live briefs and competitions and begin to market yourself in the artistic industries. We'll help you build your portfolio for further study or work. Studying fine art and sculpture will help you develop a variety of experimental and traditional material to make statements about yourself and the world around you. You'll get a broad understanding of the subjects through techniques and processes to include portraiture, scenery painting for film and theatre as well as sculptural modelling for forensic and medical research.
You'll present your work for commission, public art spaces, competition, scholarships and exhibition. At the end of the course you'll have a professional portfolio of digital and traditional disciplines to present for further study or work.
Choose to study ONE of three exciting art and design pathways. Click here to find out more about these.
Continuous assessment and coursework, including exhibitions.
Four GCSEs grades A*-C / 9-4 with English at A*-D / 9-3; OR a relevant Level 2 qualification at least at merit plus English assessed by us to be at an appropriate level.
You must also show a portfolio of your art and design work at interview, which could include sketchbooks, drawings and samples. If you don't have this, the interview panel will give you tasks to complete for interview.
For international students, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 (minimum 5.0 in each section) or equivalent. Find out more in the international pages.
You'll buy an art kit and this provides a variety of resources worth more than the cost - payment is assessed on your circumstances.
As part of this course, you're eligible to apply to University of the Arts London through our progression agreement with them. This helps you with feedback on your portfolio and interview preparation. You can also progress to the HNC in Graphic Design here at South Thames College or to an art and design degree at university or art college. You can also look for related work in a range of art, craft and design specialisms.
All courses run subject to demand and the content listed here should be used as a guide only. Course content may vary according to a range of factors such as course duration, campus, teaching staff and requirements from awarding bodies. Check our course and fee guidelines for further details.
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