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York College

Entry requirements

Generally a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade E, F, G or equivalent and Entry Level Certificates in English and Maths. You will be invited to present a portfolio of work at interview to show your genuine interest in Art and Design.


One year.

What will I study?

This is an exciting one year course in Art and Design delivered through projects that will inspire you to develop your creative skills by covering a variety of themes. You will gain in confidence studying at Level 1 in an art and design studio. The tutors will guide and support you in studios and workshops to produce a portfolio of work in art and design. The course involves the following areas: exploring drawing, painting, surface relief, 3D design craft and a personal project. You will experiment with lots of art, design and craft media and techniques and find out about other artists' work in a lively and exciting way.

You will use your ideas for subjects such as painting, drawing, 3D and collage, and develop ideas for projects such as designing your own music packaging, mask making and contemporary three dimensional pieces. At the end of the course your work will be exhibited in the Creative Show.

Functional Skills in English and Maths will also be studied at this level to ensure that you are well prepared for employment or the next level at college.

During the programme there are visits to galleries, museums or exhibitions to provide inspiration for your own work in art and design.

How will I be assessed?

Continuous assessment of your project work. Functional Skills subjects will have an assessment and test at the end of the course programme.


There is a contribution of £50 towards course materials to pay at enrolment.

What could it lead to?

This course is a stepping stone towards a career in art and design. After this course you could apply for the Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design or another Level 2 course in the College or use your skills in employment.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Art L1 Emma Coulson

Emma Coulson

Formerly of York High School
Art and Design Diploma Level 1

"When I was in Year 11 I went to a Taster Day at College. Everone at the College made me feel welcome. On the Art and Design course, I have researched the artists Picasso and Van Gough and have also created 3D lanterns for the Chinese New Year. Another project I am working on is mask making, utilising my  3D and design skills to create a 3D mask."

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