Art & Design Access to Higher Education Diploma - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

The course is designed for mature students who may have been out of education for some time but have a keen interest and enthusiasm in the creative arts. The course offers the chance to develop students’ growing knowledge and skills in a variety of practical art and design areas in preparation for study at degree level.

The course is divided into three stages: The first stage introduces skills and new ways of thinking to develop, analyse, evaluate, sustain and resolve ideas. The second stage consists of thematic projects, where new skills can be developed towards more personal areas of interest. The third stage consists of a final major project which gives students the opportunity to design, plan and take more responsibility for the direction of their own work.

The courseprovides a broad range of experiences across art and design disciplines and equips studentswith the skills to progress into Higher Education. Enrolment on the course guarantees an interview on one of our Foundation Degree or degree level courses including Media Make-up, Fashion and Textiles, Interior and Surface Design, Fine Art or Graphic Media and Communication. The course contains a series of project assignments assessed and marked internally with external verification at pass, merit and distinction level. There are no exams on the main qualification although students can also take the opportunity to study for additional qualifications such as GCSE Maths and English, which may have an exam at the end of the course.

This course also includes academic study skills and visual culture to help prepare students for degree level study as well as a range of assignments covering life drawing, photography and film, print making, colour theory, graphic media and communication and fine art.

Assessment Methods

The course has continuous assessment by means of:

  • Practical coursework
  • Assessment of written work delivered through the study skills unit.
  • Presentations

The Access Certificate is awarded to students who gain 60 credits.

Progression Options

The programme aims to develop individual directions and portfolios so that students can proceed into their chosen area of creative specialism.

On completion of the course, students can choose to study a range of a degree courses including BA (Hons) Fashion Design, BA (Hons) Textiles & Surface Design, FdA Graphic Media & Communication or FdA Media Make-up.

Course Summary

Course Title Art & Design Access to Higher Education Diploma
Entry Requirements

Students are required to attend an interview, with a portfolio to demonstrate
a passion for the subject and the potential to develop. Specific entry
requirements vary per pathway and will be discussed at your interview, but
motivation and a commitment to completing the course are essential to

Applicants must be aged 19 or older, and those aged between 19 and 23 at the
start of the programme with this being their first qualification at this level,
will not be charged course fees.

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I found the entire experience of studying my Level 2 course really rewarding, that I decided to further my knowledge by completing a Level 3 course. I’m continually learning new skills and it’s really helping my professional development in the workplace.

Amanda, ILM Leadership & Management Level 3

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