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Art and Design

Our varied and dynamic courses will allow you to put your creativity and imagination to great use. You will be able to specialise in a variety of areas including fashion, photography, graphic design and fine art. Our contemporary learning and gallery spaces are also the perfect place exhibit your work.

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Academic year: 19/20


This course gives you a good introduction into Adobe Photoshop. The course offers students a chance to explore the many possibilities of this powerful image manipulation program.
You will be using Photoshop to enhance digital photographs, scan and repair old photographs, create montages and posters and prepare images for print, sharing by email or on the web.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 25th February 2020 to 31st March 2020


This course is designed for anyone who wants to build a website using the popular website building platform WordPress. Whether you want to be a web developer or build your own website this is the ideal course for you.

WordPress is a free, open source software that allows developers to build websites from the very simple to the very complex. WordPress is probably the most widely used website building platform worldwide.
Reasons to love WordPress
1. Open source and free to download and use.
2. Thousands of free plugins that add instant functionality.
3. Fast to build.
4. Quick to learn.
5. Massive support community and educational resources.

In this course you will learn how a WordPress installation is made on a web server.
You will learn about design themes, plugins, security, search engine optimisation, learning resources and much more. You will build your first website pages hands-on using WordPress.

By the end of the course you will have built a functioning website.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


This course will enable you to make, decorate and glaze pottery items.

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Academic year: 19/20

Duration: 22nd January 2020 to 11th February 2020


An exciting introduction to screen printing’s wonderful artistic possibilities.
Individuals are encouraged to explore their own ideas. By making use of various approaches from simple paper stencils, to computer based photo stencils. It is possible to work with photographic imagery, hard edged graphic designs, painted marks, drawn marks, scanned drawings, and more. Although the course is primarily aimed at printing on paper, some participants may choose to work on fabric items such as T towels, totebags and T shirts.

Students are clearly guided step-by-step in how to use the facilities in the workshop. The majority of studio time is spent preparing stencils and working hands-on, creating prints with specialist equipment. It will be possible to create a number of different printed images of your own choosing.
Participants can expect to:

• Learn how to produce colourful interesting images from their own designs

• Experience many different, exciting stencil making techniques such as paper stencil, photographic stencils and hand painted stencils.

• Understanding which stencil making techniques are suitable for different effects/textures/images

• Gain confidence in setting up the screen, using the squeegee and hands-on experience of the studio’s screen printing equipment.

• Learn about the possibilities available through colour mixing, use of transparency and the overlaying of transparent or opaque layers.

• Learn how to register multiple colour layers to create your design.

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 2nd September 2020 to 26th June 2021


On this course you will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of media and techniques in order to make an informed choice from the wide range of Art and Design courses available for study at Higher Education level. This course will prepare you for a career in Art and Design and enable you to build a portfolio of work.

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Art & Design Overview
This two-year course provides a varied but focussed programme giving students the skills, experience and knowledge to progress to Higher Education and a career in the Creative Industries. Students will learn in a practical and theoretical way and explore how art and design can be applied to employment and the community.
Year 1
During the first year students are introduced to a wide range of practical approaches and specialist disciplines. They are encouraged to experiment with and explore materials and techniques, to be creative in their approach and to develop ideas generation and confident visual communication skills.
After an initial ‘exploratory stage’ students will identify a specialist pathway, with guidance from tutors.
Throughout the first year, coursework is formatively assessed by the course team. The final project is externally set, assessed and graded Pass, merit or Distinction.
All students take part in the department end of year exhibition, which is open to the public.
Year 2
During the second year greater emphasis is placed upon students developing strong skills in their within their chosen specialist pathway.
Students also look towards life after college and prepare themselves for university entry, further training and employment. Visiting lecturers and speakers enrich the students’ experience and help them to make informed choices about their next step.
Work experience and live briefs are an integral part of the course and second year students have the opportunity to work with companies and the community as a whole.
Coursework is internally assessed and the Final Major Project is graded Pass, Merit or Distinction.
All students take part in the department end of year exhibition, which is open to the public.

Specialist Pathways
Fine Art Pathway
Fine art is all about communicating your original ideas to the world, using a wide variety of visual techniques to express your ideas. This pathway is ideal for students who want to study fine art or illustration-based courses at university, but is also ideal for those who enjoy creating work across a broad range of disciplines.
During the course you will study drawing and life drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics/glass, 2D and 3D making techniques, installation, photography and film, textiles, mixed media and contextual studies.
Students have a university style studio space to work in, so there is no limit to the scale and ambition of their projects.
In Year 1 students take part in the end of year exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In term two students take part in a community project and/or external exhibition.
In Year 2 students take part in work experience and/or live briefs, attend open days and interviews, write and produce a Final Major Project, and make a significant contribution to the organisation and presentation of the end of year exhibition.
Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation.
Fashion Pathway

The fashion pathway introduces students the many possibilities within this dynamic sector. It encourages students to develop a coherent and effective working methodology, through immersion, reiteration and reinforcement, which will enable them to react positively and creatively across a diverse range of assignments and creative activities.
Students will have access to a wealth of skills and approaches that will prepare them for university and industry and enable them to become confident, creative and articulate.
You will study fashion design and illustration, experimental drawing, photography and image making, sketchbook and ideas generation techniques, 3D design development and realisation, print and construction techniques.
Fashion students take part in the end of year fashion show at an external venue, and in the college end of year show.
Students also take part in educational visits, live briefs and work experience.

Visual Communication Pathway

The Visual Communication pathway will introduce you to a range of creative and practical subjects that are designed to build up an excellent portfolio of work. Visual Communication has natural links with Graphic Design and Photography as the course progresses students may wish to specialise in one of these areas. Visual Communication also includes drawing, painting and printmaking.
During the course you will create advertising campaigns, magazine and editorial designs, websites and digital artwork and also explore Photographic processes including studio and location work and post production editing using both digital software and traditional darkroom techniques. You will have projects that involve traditional illustration, painting, drawing, photography and printmaking as well as taught sessions on software used by industry.
You will be involved in a number of ‘live’ assignments with real clients. You will be pitching to clients in meetings and adapting your outcomes based on their feedback. There will also be a number of guest speakers from industry to inspire you. Expect a lot of collaboration with other creative students in the department!

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


The Level 1 Award and Diploma in Art, Design & Media will provide students with an introduction to art, design and media, enabling them to both re-engage with education and acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to further education or employment within the creative industries.

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 2nd September 2020 to 26th June 2021


On this course you will gain knowledge and experience in a variety of media and techniques in order to make an informed choice from the wide range of Art and Design courses available for study at Higher Education level. This course will prepare you for a career in Art and Design and enable you to build a portfolio of work.

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 16th September 2020 to 1st June 2021


The UAL Level 2 Photography is made up of the following units
Unit 1: The Camera: (film & digital)
Unit 2: The Photographic Project (film or digital)
Unit 3: Lighting and Photography (film or digital)
Unit 4: Digital Imaging and Printing (digital)
Unit 5: Process Film and Print (film)

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Academic year: 20/21

Duration: 2nd September 2020 to 26th June 2021


The Level 2 Diploma in Art and Design will provide young people with an introduction to art and design, enabling the learner to both re-engage with education and acquire the requisite knowledge, skills and understanding to progress to further education or employment within the creative industries.

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