Design Information Guide

Course Introduction

Everything that has been made has been designed, from the cup you drink out of to the menu you read at a restaurant, from a simple pen to an impressive building. As everything is designed the world needs designers, for good designers there is the very real possibility of a highly paid job! Being a designer allows you to address the issues of a design brief, produce practical work and eventually develops the skills needed to help clients create better design (improving the world).

Who is this course for?

Closely related to fine art, design encompasses graphic design, advertising design, fashion design, textile design, interior design, product design and architecture. If you enjoy designing and creating, this course gives you the opportunity to express yourself using a variety of different materials and methods. It’s a chance to discover yourself as a designer and work out whether you prefer 2D or 3D methods. 2D involves traditional art skills as well as computer aided design; 3D involves making models / objects using a wide variety of media- wood, paper, plaster, fabric and metal. Design is a very rewarding ‘hands-on’ practical course, you just need a keen interest in art and design, enjoy visiting galleries or design studios and like studying both historical and contemporary design.

In addition to your lessons you will have open access to the Art and Design studios during your Personal Study Periods. Each week you will be given a homework task to underpin and reinforce ideas explored in lessons. You will be expected to put in 4 hours independent study each week.

Course Content

The course consists of 2 components

  • Component 1- Coursework, you will submit a sketchbook or digital portfolio and final pieces for assessment (60% of overall grade).
  • Component 2- Externally set assignment (exam). The exam paper contains different project proposals, following an extended preparation period you will have a timed exam to create a final piece (40% of overall grade).

Year 1: you will study design and designers from contemporary and historical periods. You will access our large well-resourced studios with computer aided design programs and traditional design workshops to explore 2D and 3D processes. You will creatively explore a range of design disciplines, be introduced to the design process and work through small exercises and design briefs.

Year 2: you will develop your skills further by producing more in-depth and ambitious work. Over the duration of the course you will be challenged with design problems and learn how to address these to produce sophisticated design solutions.

Your work will be regularly assessed by your subject teacher to monitor progress. You will receive feedback advise on how to improve your grade, at the end of each topic submitting your work for final assessment.



Many students decide they would like to continue their design studies at a higher level as there are several progress routes available. Many students go on to pursue design related careers and choose to study design at University. Courses can include product design, furniture design, industrial design, interior design, theatre and costume design, jewellery design, landscape design, graphic design, illustration, typography, advertising, architecture, etc.


Course costs

Art and Design can be expensive, at Stockton Sixth Form College you will be given most materials free – such as charcoal and pastels, paint, paper, card, wood, plaster, sewing threads, calico, batik wax, fabric dyes and inks. We ask students to contribute £20 on enrolment in September to cover the costs of the more expensive materials. You will also have free access to SLR and digital cameras, computers, sewing machines, and printing facilities.


Further Information 

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the course leader- Craig Knight on 01642 612611 or e-mail