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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.

Niamh Comerford

Niamh Comerford

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production

The tutors are very understanding and were always there to listen if you needed someone to talk to, whether it would be about struggling with coursework or something else.

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Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Introduction – C7898

Course Code: C7898

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 01 Feb 2023
  • 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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Adobe Illustrator for Beginners – C5341

Course Code: C5341

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 02 Mar 2023
  • 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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Creative Ceramics Workshop – C7458

Course Code: C7458

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 12 Jul 2023
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    13 hours per week
  • duration Duration 1 week
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Focus on the delicate work of ceramics and discover the basic techniques of working with clay, our two-day course is perfect for beginners and for those looking to take on a creative hobby. Get messy with your hands to create beautiful clay creations for your home or workplace.

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Creative Jewellery Workshop – C7467

Course Code: C7467

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 12 Jul 2023
  • study hours Study Hours Part Time
    13 hours per week
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

Get creative with jewellery design and production with this short, hobby course. We will help you understand how to use tools and materials for you to create your own unique pieces in our dedicated jewellery making workshop. This course is ideal as a hobby but may lead you onto more courses or a career change.

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Art and Design BTEC Diploma level 1 – C5782

Course Code: C5782

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 04 Sep 2023
  • 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 04 Sep 2023
  • 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 04 Sep 2023
  • 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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Art and Design Practice (Photography) BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1268

Course Code: C1268

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 04 Sep 2023
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This course is ideal for complete beginners/anyone who is passionate about taking photographs using traditional and digital technology. If you are studying an art or photography GCSE, this is the natural progression to go into a full-time photography level 3 course and progress to university and/or work in the photography industry.

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Art and Design Practice BTEC National Diploma level 3 – C1469

Course Code: C1469

Key Information

  • start date Start Date 04 Sep 2023
  • study hours Study Hours Full Time
  • duration Duration 1 year
  • map Campus St Margaret's Campus

This is a one year course and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Successful progress can lead to entry onto the Extended Diploma (equivalent to 3 A Levels) in 2022/23. This established course is designed to equip students with the necessary skills and understanding to become a creative practitioner.

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