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Art, Design & Graphics

Art, design and graphics

We have an impressive range of art and design courses, ranging from evening and part time workshops to full time university level qualifications, expert tutors teach the skills you need to succeed in a variety of exciting creative areas.

Who are the art, design and graphics courses for?

The degree-level courses are designed for learners who already have a portfolio of work and have completed other art and design qualifications such as an access course or the level 3 art and design foundation, while our part-time courses require no prior experience – only an interest in the subject. We also offer a broad range of full-time courses at levels 1, 2, and 3 which are suitable for school leavers as well as adults. For adult learners wishing to join a course, you may be offered an interview and your previous experience can be taken into account if you don’t meet the standard entry requirements. Learners aged 16-19 will follow a study programme which will include GCSE or functional skills English and maths if you don’t already have your grade 4 (C).

Further Information

Work experience will form part of your full-time course. These courses are generally assessed on the work you do on an ongoing basis rather than via traditional exams. You may need to buy some special equipment for some courses, and higher level courses often require a portfolio of work which you will show the tutors at interview.

Sharmin Begum

Sharmin Begum

BTEC Level 3 Art and Design Fashion

“I’ve always had an interest in fashion, when I first came to college I didn’t think fashion was an option, so I picked it in my second year. I went in for an interview and the staff were really friendly and welcoming, they went through all the modules and course structure and I realised this is what I want to do.

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Introduction to Sewing Skills – C8197

Course Code: C8197

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 30 Apr 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    2.5 hours per week
  • duration Duration 9 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is for beginners and those that want to learn the basics. Each week you will be guided through a small sewing project for example, creating your own needle case, piped pin cushion and making a zipper purse.

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Adobe Illustrator for Beginners – C5341

Course Code: C5341

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Interested in graphics or improving your skill set with Adobe products? Join us for this short part-time programme to learn the basics of Illustrator. From designing your own website, graphics or logos this course will give you the knowledge to fly solo as a freelance designer or further study into other Adobe design software.

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Beginner’s Ceramics – Slab Building and Printing – C8275

Course Code: C8275

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

You will explore the potential and limitations of plastic clay through the construction of slab-built ceramics. Using traditional techniques and source materials you will design a range of slab-built, functional pieces and produce one of these. You will learn how to create surface texture and pattern using impressing, stamping and ‘sgraffito’ techniques, as well as printing and surface transfers or ‘decals’. These techniques will be developed using found objects as well as pottery decoration tools and methods.

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Digital Collage Techniques with Photoshop – C8025

Course Code: C8025

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 08 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

You will explore digital collage, finding and choosing source imagery and creating your own compositions. Using PhotoShop you will learn how to select objects and use layers. You will also add texture and experiment with colour. We will look at historic uses of collage and contemporary digital artists for inspiration.

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Screen Printing – C8195

Course Code: C8195

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 08 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course enhances skills in the understanding and application of the screen printing process. You will be encouraged to explore a range of imagery and materials whilst developing your technical and artistic skills. The course will enable you to improve and develop practical skills, including setting up screen print machinery and equipment.

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Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Introduction – C7898

Course Code: C7898

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 May 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    3 hours per week
  • duration Duration 7 weeks
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course introduces students to two of the three most basic modern techniques used in print artistry today, namely Relief and Intaglio printmaking. Over a seven week period you will be instructed in how to set-up the machinery, work with a range of materials, and develop the pracical skills necessary to develop your skills.

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Art and Design BTEC Diploma level 1 – C5782

Course Code: C5782

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

With access to materials, media, and expert teaching our level one Art and Design course will give you the opportunity to learn the basics before progressing with your education. Our well-rounded course will develop your skills in art and design by teaching you the tools to use your creativity to its full potential.

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Art and Design Practice (Fashion) BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1275

Course Code: C1275

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is aimed at people wishing to further their education within the area of fashion and textiles. You will develop skills in a wide range of areas including drawing development, computer aided design (CAD), pattern cutting and garment manufacture, and fashion design and illustration. You will learn how to design and construct garments and accessories to industrial standards and you will be taught how to use industrial machinery safely.

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Art and Design Practice (Graphic Design) BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1267

Course Code: C1267

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 09 Sep 2024
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

The course is predominantly a graphic design course with elements of interactive media covering the following subjects: ideas and concepts; drawing; design method; contextual studies; photography; screen printing; computers in art and design; and web design. The course covers the design process, and you will also be training on a range of the latest industry software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator.

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