Subject Intent: Why Art and Design?

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The creative industries are one of the fastest growing in the UK and in particular within the Leeds region the number of jobs within this sector are 40% higher than the England average. The curriculum intent of the Extended Diploma Art and Design course is to immerse students within Art and Design at a higher level in order to supply them with a well-rounded skill set to access the best opportunities within the creative industries upon completion.

Understanding, conceptual thinking and creativity are some of the main skills developed within the curriculum. With this being a full-time programme, students develop a wide range of professionally led skills within Fine Art, Graphics, Design, Photography, Textiles and craft.

What will I study?

  • Drawing techniques
  • Painting
  • Colour theory
  • 3D design
  • Print techniques
  • Photography
  • Textiles
  • Composition
  • Digital media
You will carry out a range of research and explore the work of practicing artists. Your research, investigation and exploration of ideas will be recorded in creative sketchbooks.

Art and Design

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What are lessons like in this subject?

We have industry standard facilities within the Visual Arts department, such as Apple Mac computers with access to Adobe software, screen printing, laser cutting, textiles machinery and much more. Our specialist team of staff will run workshops and guide you through everything we have to offer. We aim to enrich your experience with trips and visits to exhibitions in places such as London and Manchester.

We have guest speakers from the creative industries and leading universities and strong links with our foundation diploma. Workshops with practicing artists will increase your confidence in using specialist media such as oil paints.

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You are taught many new skills in the art world and discover new things every day. Also, you will see that the whole department is a collaborative unit as everyone partakes including teachers, thus making you achieve your dream grades and aspirations.

Emily-may Kitchener, Castleford Academy

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