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Accredited Learning

The team at The New Carnival Company established Isle of Wight as the first place in the country where you could get a nationally recognised Qualification at level 2 in carnival arts. We pioneered the programme back in 2006 using the NCFE Creative Crafts framework.

Today we deliver the course to adults at Levels 1 to 3 and are working towards developing a Level 4 programme with other strategic partners.

NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Carnival Masquerade (20 Hours)

accredited by IW Learning & Achievement through their IIQ licence.

The course covers introduction to carnival history and culture, simple techniques for creating body costume, flags and staffs using no-sew techniques, experimentation with techniques using a basic range of materials and tools, health and safety in the workshop, own reflection and evaluation.

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Crafts – Carnival (60 hours)

This is our most popular course. Looks in greater depth at factors which have influenced carnival development around the world, comparing and contrasting styles and genres of carnival across Europe, the Caribbean and America.

We develop costume design and making skills through the use of simple backpacks, extending costume off the body, add performance to the mix and present our work at a public event.

Health and safety, own reflection and evaluation is inherent at all stages of the course.

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Creative Crafts – Carnival (120 hours)

Prepares carnival makers to respond more effectively to real life opportunity and voluntary/paid work in the sector. Students design and present an Individual medium to large scale costume, working to a strict Brief and responding to the needs of the client. They undertake their own risk assessments, monitor their own budget, and undertake detailed project planning and target setting.

The course covers core skills and techniques at advanced level, and students choose to ‘add on’ specialist areas of their choice from a given range. These include batik and silk painting, 3D foam work, sewing and textiles, carnival make-up and body painting and choreography.

Arts Award

Members of The New Carnival Company are Bronze and Silver Arts Award Assessors and can bring added value to projects and creative programmes involving young people aged 11 – 25 yrs. Arts Award is a nationally accredited framework for young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. It is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. It appeals to a wide range of young people since it recognises individual development, not specific skills levels.

Talk to us if you would like young people in your group to gain an award through their involvement with your arts project

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