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Art & Design CAVA Access To HE Diploma

Level 3

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Key Info

Learning Area   Arts & Media
Delivery Mode   Full-time
Duration   1 Year

Dates & Locations

Location   Cornwall College Camborne
Start Date   15/09/2020
Fees   Tuition Fees: £0.00

Location   Cornwall College St Austell
Start Date   14/09/2020
Fees   Tuition Fees: £0.00

Are you are a creative person? Have you been thinking about returning to education, to study for a degree in art and design, but don’t feel that you are quite ready? If the answer to these questions is yes, then this is the course for you!

The Access courses are designed to support mature learners (19+) so that they can progress confidently onto a degree at the end of the year. You will be supported with that application through UCAS. This course is just one year of study, so it is intense and fast paced, but at the same time it will introduce you to an exciting range of creative skills and ideas. As it is only one year, learners are expected to spend between 5-8 hours home study a week.

In the first two terms you will have an introduction to: 2D skills, mixed media, colour theory, print, photography, graphic design, textiles, life drawing, 3D skills and ceramics. These will be taught by specialist staff mainly through a series of practical workshops. You will also develop your research, writing, and other study skills through the theory units; all of which are designed to prepare you for study in Higher Education.

In the third term you will be able to write your own brief and display the work in our end of year exhibition.

You will have your own generous studio space for the duration of the course, where you can create and display your work. In addition you will be able to use the dedicated workshops for Photography, Print, 3D and Ceramics.

This level 3 qualification is all about engaging, supporting and developing your skills and ideas, to enable you to gain the confidence to progress onto a creative arts degree.

  What You Will Learn

As well as developing your practical skills, you will be able to research and learn about the work of other artists, to inspire your own ideas.

You will be encouraged to take part in discussions, to develop your communication skills. You will also have the opportunity to visit art galleries, see the work that the degree students are doing here at the campus and build a portfolio of work to take to interviews in H.E.

In addition to this you will be able to develop your digital skills in Word, PowerPoint, and Photoshop. Enabling you to present your ideas and your work confidently.

  Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements, but you will need to have a good standard of literacy. You will also need to be creative, in some way, have enthusiasm, commitment and a desire to further your education in the arts. If you are under 24 and do not have English GCSE, you will be expected to study for that alongside your course.


The qualification consists of a series of assignments, for each subject taught on the course. You will receive an assignment brief (instructions) telling you why and what you will be learning. The brief will also include the details of the evidence required for assessment (criteria) that must be met in order to pass.

Most of the assignments are then graded Pass, Merit or Distinction, but some are just a Pass. The details of this will be explained more fully when you start the course.

You need to pass all the assignments to gain the Access Diploma.

Work to be assessed will be in sketchbooks, as well as the 2D and 3D practical artworks. Assessment will be carried out on written texts and PowerPoints for the theory units.


The progression possibilities, in the creative arts are extensive – it is the fastest growing area of the UK economy!

Our students progress onto a wide range of degree courses, including the interdisciplinary FdA in Art & Design Practice here at the Cornwall College Camborne campus.

Others have applied successfully for degree level courses in: Fine Art, Animation, Prop making, Architecture, Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion Design, Interior Design, Photography, Product and Craft Design, amongst others.

Many have completed their degree and set up their own businesses. Others have chosen associated careers, such as; teaching, gallery assistant, or working with community arts projects.


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Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The College reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.


Jack Sutton Basset

A photo of Jack Sutton Basset

Jack chose to study at the College for his Level 2 and Level 3 BTEC in Music and has gone onto travel the world with his band King Creature. They've toured around America, Europe and China and have even recorded at the infamous Abbey Road Studios.

" I had a great time on my course and I met some great people who I'm still in contact with and work with. I wanted a course that allowed me to play music and now I play drums for the band King Creature and get to travel a lot."

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