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Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art and Design
Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art and Design
Course Overview

This course has been designed specifically for mature students who do not have the relevant qualifications for entry to higher education.

You will attend college four days a week between 9.30 and 3.30.

You will be assigned a personal tutor who will support you with studies and personal development.

Good time-management skills are necessary as assessment of the course is on an on-going basis.

There are weekly tutorials where one to ones take place and you set your own targets for the development of specific skills and knowledge, including completion of the UCAS process. All resources, assignments are available on the Google Classrooms for your use and specific resources for eLearning sessions are updated weekly

This course will provide a diagnostic mixed media art and design experience. Learners will enhance or extend materials techniques and processes to build a body of practical work to enable them to apply to HE or potential employers via portfolio interview.

Course Content

This course offers you an exciting opportunity to explore the world of art and design. A multidisciplinary approach will introduce you to both Fine art and design disciplines and allow you to investigate and experiment with a wide range of media and processes. Our extensive workshops will give you the opportunity to experience processes such as painting, printmaking, ceramics, casting and mould making, wood and metal construction along with laser cutting and print, knit and weave.  Within this broad-based course we will offer opportunities in the areas of Fashion, Three dimensional design, Fine art, Graphics and Photography.

Experienced staff will challenge you, via creative projects and problem solving, to generate a portfolio of work ready to take to a potential employer or for an application to University.

The course is designed to appeal to open minded, creative and enthusiastic learners who are looking for both an enjoyable and challenging experience. The team of staff will support you through a  range of projects that will gradually stretch your learning and skills of analysis, critical thinking and reflective, personal practice.

The course consists of 12 units and students will need to pass all 12 in order to achieve the Diploma.

English and Maths
If you are aged under 19 and if you do not hold a GCSE grade C or higher in English and Maths, you will be required to work towards these qualifications.
Entry Requirements

GCSE English is essential (grade c or above). 

Candidates may be considered without a grade C or above in maths but are strongly encouraged to check the entry requirements of their chosen University.  There may be the opportunity to take a qualification alongside the Access course.

Candidates will be invited to interview with the course tutor team.

Assessment is completed through short timed tests throughout the year.

We expect to hold a number of day visits and at least one residential trip during the course to inspire your creativity.

What does this course lead to?
We would expect most candidates to choose this course as a stepping stone to University application.
Equipment Required
Consumables: You will need to provide much of your own small equipment and materials, such as brushes, paint etc.  You will have access to the College's larger equipment including Macs, kilns, printers etc.
Additional Costs

Residential (£450 approx)

Study Visits (£20 each visit)

Consumables: Own equipment, brushes, paint etc
Financial Information
If you are aged 16-18, tuition and registration fees are free.
If you are aged 19 or over, tuition and registration fees are payable at the start of each year of study; please ask for details.
If you are aged 24 or over, you may be eligible for a Student Loan to assist with your fees; please ask for details.
Staged Payment
A staged payment plan is available to help with course fees.
Reduced Fees
Fee concessions may be available if you are out of work, on low income or studying for your first Level 1 or Level 2 qualification.
If you are unable to pay any of the course costs, or need financial assistance you may be eligible to receive a college bursary.
For further details on fees and financial help please contact Student Welfare on 01256 306393.
Travel Subsidy
BCoT offers discount on travel to and from the college for full time students. We offer 50% discount on rail fares and if you are travelling by bus, we offer 25% off Zone 2 buses outside of Basingstoke. There is financial assistance available for those families on a low income.