Course Type / Attendance

Part Time, Short Course

Subject Area

Creative Arts

Start Date

January 2018

Course Length

15 weeks







Course Level


Award to be received

Level One Award

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Who is this course for?

This course is for complete beginners.  You will learn the basic techniques and materials used in designing and creating a mosaic, allowing you to develop the ability to create your own artwork to achieve a level one qualification from the NCFE.

What do you need to apply for the course?

There are no formal entry requirements and no experience in mosaic is necessary.  However, some experience of arts and crafts and a general interest in art and design is useful.

Cutting tiles takes some strength but most people are more than capable.  If you are in any doubt about this aspect of the course please get in touch with the college.

What are the key things you'll learn?

You will learn the ‘direct’ and ‘indirect’ methods of mosaic; the tools and materials used for specific purposes such as indoor and outdoor artwork; and the process of gathering inspiration and experimenting in order to create your own artwork.

How you will learn

Lessons will be practical and held in a well equipped classroom. The course will be delivered through a series of structured exercises exploring what can be achieved with a variety of materials and imagination. As part of the process, you will be required to collect items that you feel can be recycled / upcycled such as shells, jewellery beads, broken china, corks etc. You will develop your ideas through a short project based assignment, which will include some critical/contextual studies.

An optional field visit maybe included outside of normal classroom hours if students wish to do this for research and inspiration purposes.

There is no formal examination, but to achieve the NCFE level one qualification, you are required to submit a portfolio of coursework for assessment.  Staff will advise and assist you on the presentation, collation and review of this work as part of the course.

Where could this course take you?

Having successfully completed your NCFE level one qualification in Mosaic for Beginners (15 weeks) you can continue to teach yourself to develop your ideas or attend advanced courses, often residential weekends.  You may later feel confident enough to sell your artwork.

What costs will you incur?

Tuition fee.

You will be required to provide your own sketchbook or display file to present your level one coursework.

An optional field trip maybe included outside of classroom hours for the purpose of research and inspiration, if the group feel it would be useful.  You may need allow for travel costs etc and you may wish to make a donation to the venue/s.

All tools and standard materials will be provided in addition to the items you will collect to be recycled / upcycled.