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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: 18/19


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: 18/19

Duration: 17th September 2018 to 28th June 2019


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. A HNC qualification can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects, or level 3, A-level and Access to Higher Education students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at a lower cost.

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Art and Design (Art Practice) are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the creative industries sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in creative industries. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the creative industries sector, the BTEC Higher National Certficate in Art and Design gives students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.The course provides a programme of specialist vocational learning with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist vocational knowledge. The Higher National Certificate provides an opportunity for you to achieve a nationally recognised Level 4 vocationally specific qualification. It also provide an opportunity for you if you are currently in full-time learning, to enable you to progress to higher education to enable you to enter employment.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 17th September 2018 to 28th June 2019


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 5 qualification which is equivalent to the second year of the Bachelor Degree. HND qualifications can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or HNC students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Art and Design (Art Practice) are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the creative industries sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in creative industries. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the creative industries sector, BTEC Higher Nationals in Art and Design give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.The course provides a programme of specialist vocational learning with a strong emphasis on developing practical skills alongside specialist vocational knowledge. The Higher National qualifications provide an opportunity for you to achieve a nationally recognised Level 5 vocationally specific qualification. It also provide an opportunity for you if you are currently in full-time learning to enable you to progress to higher education to enable you to enter employment as an engineer/technician.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 3rd October 2018 to 16th January 2019


This course is a City & Guilds Level 1 Award in Fashion (Shirts and Tops)

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 10th September 2018 to 31st July 2019


Creative people up and down the country are looking for a chance to learn one of the most iconic crafts, Bespoke Tailoring. And yet, there seems to be a distinctive lack of competent training available. Prospective tailoring apprentices and fashion students alike often spend years in college without gaining real insight into the practical aspects of this beautiful craft.

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


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

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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: 17th September 2018 to 3rd June 2019


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: 18/19

Duration: 3rd September 2018 to 28th June 2019


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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Academic year: 18/19

Duration: Multiple start dates available.


This course provides a varied but focussed programme giving students the skills, experience and knowledge to progress to Higher Education and work as a fine artist. You will learn in a practical and theoretical way and explore how art can be applied to employment and the community.

Fine art pathway
During the course students will study printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, fine art painting, 2D and 3D making techniques, observational drawing, textiles, life drawing, contextual studies, portfolio building and preparation for progression.
In Year 1 students will complete a Final Project for exhibition and go on educational visits to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester or London. In Year 2 students will go on a practical field trip to Pembrokeshire, produce a Final Major Project, and exhibit at the department’s End of Year Show.
Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction.

Fashion Pathway
The structure of the qualification, with units linked to provide coherence, will allow learners to synthesize newly acquired practical skills with theoretical knowledge and understanding as they explore their aptitude and ambition and the particular characteristics of a broad range of art and design disciplines. Learners will be encouraged to recognize, not only the unique characteristics of different disciplines, but also the dynamic and potentially innovative relationships between those disciplines, particularly in a technologically driven environment. Fashion is one of the specialist pathways within the course. The qualifications will require learners 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 within Fashion.

On the fashion pathway you will embrace the full creative process of a young Fashion Provocateur!
The course nurtures the potential for developing a unique handwriting and a personal aesthetic.
Explore experiment and evaluate a vast wealth of skills and approaches to the fashion industry.

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 specialize 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!

Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction. The aims of the course are to push you to the next level- either to University, employment or an apprenticeship. You will be expected to aim high; both in your grades and your final pieces for your portfolio. Students will be advised on the production of a high quality portfolio of work and will be given guidance on appropriate presentation within your budget. Students will be issued with a kit list at induction

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Apprenticeship vacancies

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