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In Short

The School of Digital and Creative Industries has excellent facilities; a print room with silk screen, etching and lithography presses, a 3D workshop for wood, metal and resin processes, photographic studios with wet and dry rooms, an Apple Mac room, ceramics and life drawing studios, and studios for graphics and textiles, state-of-the-art HDTV Multicam studio and gallery, editing suites using professional Adobe Software, broadcast quality sound studio, extensive media-based computer software and hardware. You will be taught by award-winning lecturers with extensive industry experience. The creative industry employs around two million people with employment in the sector having grown at double the rate of the economy as a whole.  During the course, you will acquire creative and practical skills and build up a strong portfolio of work through project and studio led practice, preparing you for a future career in the visual arts industry.

Please go to the department’s website and Instagram account to view current student work:


Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at minimum grade 4(C) including Art and English, and preferably maths or a First Diploma in Art & Design with level 2 maths and English
  • Basic computer literacy
  • A portfolio of your own artwork showing a broad range of creative skills
  • We welcome applications from mature students without these qualifications. Other information such as assessment results and relevant experience may be taken into consideration at the College’s discretion.

Course Content

You will study a broad selection of units and specialisms, which will give you a thorough experience of practical art skills and knowledge, from photography, drawing, design and fine art to printmaking, textiles and sculpture.  You will develop skills in ideas generation and working with a wide variety of materials, processes and techniques through a range of different projects.

Year 1 (Diploma) covers the following subjects:

  • Digital skills
  • Contextualisation and art history
  • Visual recording
  • Progression investigation
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Animation
  • Final graded project and exhibition.

Year 2 (Extended Diploma) covers the following subjects:

  • Pattern design and textiles
  • Design brief
  • Life drawing
  • Narrative Image
  • Progression investigation
  • Final graded project and exhibition.

(In year 2 you will write your own negotiated brief for your final project and exhibition).

Look out for our end of year show dates on our website!


How will I be assessed?

You will be continually throughout the two years through practical assignments and research activity.  At the end of each year you will be graded in a final project which gives you your grade for the year.


This course gives you a very broad experience of the potential specialist areas within art and design. Many students will progress to a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, and degree spanning a wide variety of specialist areas such as Fine Art, illustration, fashion, architecture, graphic design and photography. Some students explore additional speciality courses to enable them to enter a specialist vocation such as art therapy, whilst others decide to set up their own businesses within the creative industries, or promote and work in a freelance capacity.

Some of our students have also gone on to work on exciting live artist projects, further qualification and gap years.


The College library has an extensive lending and reference book stock, in addition to videos and journals. You are expected to supply your own art kit. A list of requirements will be given to you when you enrol and you should allow approximately £100 in the first year. There is a College art shop where you can purchase consumable resources and we offer a reasonably priced art pack. You will be studying art and design first hand and you will be expected to participate in art department trips to museums and galleries, which will cost around £50 for each year. There is a small amount of financial support for those that meet the criteria, please enquire with Student Services.


If you are aged 16–18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds – There are financial support arrangements for 16–18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact reception for details of costs and concessions on 01305 761100 or email

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