The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares you for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course is designed for mature students who have an ongoing enthusiasm for the creative arts and for those who wish to develop their growing interest in a variety of practical art and design areas.
You will spend two days a week in our well-equipped studios working with enthusiastic and committed tutors, who are all practicing artists, across a range of disciplines.
Our aim is to help you develop a critical awareness of why you produce your work rather than just showing you how to do something.
The course is divided into three stages:
- The first stage introduces you to skills and new ways of thinking about observation drawing, painting, textiles, 3-dimensional design, printmaking and an introductory project. The project will help you to develop, analyse, evaluate, sustain and resolve your ideas
- The second stage consists of a thematic and self-elected project, which you can develop in any media or direction that you wish in consultation with your tutors
- The third stage consists of a final major project which gives you the opportunity to design, plan and take much more responsibility for the direction of your work
As part of the course there are study trips to galleries and museums.
Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading. The final major project is exhibited as part of the Universities Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Access Certificate, you must pass all the course units.
You can progress onto a HND, BA or MA Art and Design course. Others aiming at self-employment can set up their own studios. Some students could use the course to enhance their employment prospects in the creative industries.