The College has developed two (SEN) programmes - the online Level 2 (BTEC EQV) Certificate in Art & Design featured below and the Level 3 Foundation Diploma - click to view. These programmes have been specifically developed for students with special or specific learning needs. Students disadvantaged by disabilities, Autism Aspergers, emotional and behavioural needs, students in hospital, teenage mums all benefit from this course and the additional specialised support it offers. OCAD has its own trained coordinator for students with special and specific educational needs (SENCO) who is experienced and ready to help. The programmes also include a link coordinator who works with LEAs to ensure all parties are kept informed.
This is a fun beginner to intermediate art course. Students can study full-time over one year or part-time over 2 years. The course is an equivalent to GCSE / IGCSE and will offer the same opportunities for progression to our foundation diploma courses. The main reason students choose Level 2 certificate over IGCSE is because it is far less problematic to deliver online as there is no exam to attend or written assignment / essay. Instead coursework is assessed online by the exam board examiner. This means the course is ideal for students who suffer from exam stress and for those who don't work well under pressure. An additional benefit is a potential saving of £40 - £250 that the IGCSE exam can cost. However students must be 16 years old at the time of completing the course - (students can be 14 at the start of the course however).
This exciting course has a strong practical focus, developing not just skills, knowledge and understanding of art and design and the work of other artists, but also confidence. Successful completion of the course means students will receive the same Level 2 Certificate as from any other college. The course is nationally accredited by one of the UK's largest vocational awarding bodies, ABC Awards.
Equaly valuable, graduates achieve a specialist portfolio that expresses their personal brand of art and design, enabling access to top universities and employment as a professional qualified Artist or Designer.
Exploratory Stage: This first part of the course takes students through a programme of developing skills in drawing, painting, mixed media (collage), digital art and 3d (sculpture).
Pathway Stage: In this second part of the course students will be asked to make an art project within a speciallist pathway that is related to a theme which is of personal interest to them. Previous themes have included: