Art, Design and Media - UAL Level 1 Diploma
About the course
Level 1 Award in Art, Design & Media is designed to provide an opportunity for those with an interest in art, design and media to explore materials, methods and processes that support many art, design and media activities, and to begin to develop related skills.
The qualification structure provides a linked introduction to broader art, design and media contexts. It is intended that this initial experience of art, design and media activity will provide students with an early test of their commitment and interest in the subject. It will also measure their ability to sustain a focused exploration of the skills, knowledge and understanding for progression within art, design and media education.
Study for the qualification is not time constrained, but will normally be over a period of three to five weeks. The Level 1 Award in Art, Design & Media can be used as a precursor to the Level 1 Diploma.
For Level 1, you need 4 GCSEs at Grade E or above, including Maths and English, or an Entry Level qualification (usually including Entry Level 3 Skills in English and Maths). You must have a good reference, interview and assessment, and commitment and interest in the subject will be assessed during the interview process.
Level 1 Award in Art, Design & Media
Students must complete the two mandatory units listed below.
- Unit 1: Introduction to materials, processes and skills in art, design and media
- Unit 2: Introduction to contextual research in art, design and media
Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design & Media
Students must complete Units 1 and 2 of the Award in addition to Units 3 to 6 and Unit 7 or 8 as listed below:
- Unit 3 Introduction to communication skills in art, design and media
- Unit 4 Solving 2D creative problems
- Unit 5 Solving 3D creative problems
- Unit 6 Solving time-based creative problems
Students must achieve either the Level 1 or Level 2 unit below:
- Unit 7 Art, design and media project
- Unit 8 Art, design and media project
Units 1 and 2 of the Level 1 Award in Art, Design & Media will be internally assessed and verified through students¿ portfolios of evidence against the unit outcomes and assessment criteria for those units. Units 3¿6 of the Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design & Media will be internally assessed and internally verified against the assessment and grading criteria for those units. Units 7 and 8 of the Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design & Media will be internally assessed and internally and externally moderated against the assessment criteria for those units.
To achieve a Pass in any unit, all assessment criteria must be met. Units 7 and 8 are graded Pass, Merit, or Distinction. To achieve a Merit or Distinction grade, students must meet the grade criteria for the respective categories in full.
Failure to meet assessment criteria in any category will lead to referral. Students are allowed one opportunity to redeem a referral and can only achieve a Pass grade.
The usual progression for UAL level 1 Diploma is level 2 Diploma in Creative Media Production. This is subject to achieving merit for unit 7 and passed Functional Skills in English and Math. Also, there is opportunity to apply for apprenticeships
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