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L3 Working in Community Arts – student loan available

Designed for students who want to gain a Level 3 BTEC qualification in the working in the Community
Arts sector. This course has a strong visual arts focus and will cover how to develop and deliver
projects within the community including: project management, working to briefs and developing your
own contextual and artistic practice. Students will develop and deliver live Community Arts projects and may have the opportunity to shadow Community Arts practitioners. BTEC Level 3 certificate. This course can be paid in instalments and is eligible for a student loan.

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Who is this course for

This course is designed for students who want to start working in the Community Arts sector, particularly the visual arts. It is also suitable for students with a teaching, visual arts or art administration background, established artists/makers and those who have recently graduated with some experience of art and design.
The course is accredited and students will gain a nationally recognised BTEC Level 3 Certificate. Entry to the course is dependent on a short informal interview in which students will be expected to present a portfolio of work.
Students will also be expected to be able to develop projects and coursework and to have sufficient literacy skills to research and deliver coursework to a level 3 standard, although additional learning support can be provided.

What does this course cover

The aim of the course is to give participants a good understanding of working in the Community Arts sector. This is a practical and hands on course focusing on arts administration and developing students own visual arts practice. It includes designing and managing Community Arts projects from conception to resolution, practical workshops to develop creative practice and hand-on experience of designing and delivering projects at a community event. Classes will be delivered by a range of creative practitioners with experience of working in Community Arts.
The course runs over three terms from October 2016 to Mid July 2017. Students will need to attend from 10- 5pm on 30 Fridays during that time, 10 Fridays each term. They will also need to commit to being part of a Community Arts Project For Queens Square Fair on Saturday 1st July.

The first two terms aim to give students a strong overview of Community Arts administration in conjunction with working on live briefs from project partners, and an opportunity to develop creative practice in greater depth.
In the third term students will focus on delivering Community Arts projects for Queen Square fair on Saturday 1st July 2017.

This level 3 BTEC course has 3 mandatory units. Students need to pass all 3 units to the level required to gain the certificate. The Units are:

Management of Art and Design Projects
The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop the skills required to design and manage projects.
This is a vibrant unit where local artists and Arts Organisations will set students projects briefs.
Students will gain knowledge in working through projects, from concept to completion including: learning how to work to set briefs, planning the project, developing the ideas and delivering final outcomes.
Students will be expected to complete their ideas in written and visual form, and deliver a final project presentation to complete this unit.

Visual Recording in Art and Design
The aim of this unit is to enable students to develop and produce creative work, develop a critical and contextual awareness of the art world and the history of art, and to improve their visual language.
Students will be given briefs to work from and taught structured workshops to develop their creative practice. They will explore and develop using different media, materials and techniques including painting and drawing, sculpture, printmaking and textiles.
This is a rigorous unit that includes research visits to museums and galleries to recording from primary sources, researching into the work of others to inform ones own developments, evaluating ongoing progress and developing and producing final work.
Students will be expected to be able to present their work to the group, to understand the context in which they are working and to be able to reflect and evaluate their work.
Students will be expected to complete a number of sketchbooks and to produce a final portfolio of work to complete this unit.

Community Art
The aim of this unit is for students to learn skills in developing creative projects for the benefit of a community. Students will work closely with Queen Square Fair to committee identify need, learn how to write a proposal, develop ideas and produce developmental work that leads to a final outcome on the event.
This unit includes contextual studies such as: researching the history of Community Arts, health and safety for Community Arts and writing a funding proposal for the project.

By the end of the course students should be able to understand and have experience of how to design and deliver community arts projects within a community setting and have developed their visual arts practice to a high standard and critical understanding.

What will it be like

Each Friday there will be structured teaching and students will work on set projects and briefs in a range of areas. A variety of teaching and learning methods are used, including practical workshops, seminars, individual and group tutorials. Classroom learning will be supported by research time, homework and coursework, to develop student's creative and administrative skills.

Students will be supported and guided throughout the course. This includes: one-to-one tutorials with their tutor each term to support their progress, regular assessments and feedback sessions and opportunity for having additional learning support if needed.
Clear coursework deadlines and assessment criteria are provided for the course. Students will be expected to hand in their organised project folders, sketchbooks and portfolio to be assessed by their tutor at the end of term 2 and term 3, in order to be able to gain their BTEC qualification.

What else do you need to buy or do

The course is accredited and has a number of projects to complete, so students are required to dedicate at least 6 hours a week on independent study in addition to class time.
This is to enable students to work on: research, reflective logs, writing up notes, developing project briefs, developing creative work, working in sketchbooks, visiting museums and galleries, working on groups projects and art administration. Project briefs will also be set in the Christmas and Easter holidays, which will be handed in at the beginning of the following term.

The course will provide materials for the creative workshops and for the main Community Arts events.
Students will need to buy: 2 x A4 Ring bound course work folders, A1 portfolio/folder and a selection of A5, A4 or A3 sketchbooks to present their work.
Basic creative arts materials including: Drawing pencils and pens, paints, brushes, colour pencils, soft pastels, charcoal.
Once students start to develop their own creative practice during the course, they will be encouraged to source and supply their own materials for some of their projects.

Given the nature of the commitment to the course, students are not encouraged to take on further accredited courses during the year, although they may benefit other creative classes.
The course will include gaining practical experience delivering Community Arts projects, but we also encourage students to find opportunities in the wider community.

What this course could lead to

This course aims to give students a good grounding in learning about a creative career in Community Arts. Students with some previous experience may move on to employment within the Community Arts sector, others to more volunteering and work shadowing opportunities to build up their professional experience.
The course could also lead to further study to develop their chosen practice to gain more creative and professional experience. This could include:
Learning different creative techniques through attending short courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including textiles, ceramics, jewellery printmaking, sculpture, painting and project management.
Attending other related accredited courses at The Mary Ward Centre - including Pre Foundation, Foundation, Advanced Professional Practice course and Project Management APM Introductory Certificate.
Attending other courses at different venues in the community
Degree and further education in Community Arts related subjects.

Attending more work placements and volunteering within the Community Arts and charity sector.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
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