Art & Design

All full time courses for home students aged 16 – 18 years are free. For 19+ full time course fees please contact us on 0161 785 4000.

Please note that the course may have to be altered or cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control.

  • During the course you will complete units from the University of Arts London course, developing visual language, research skills, drawing skills and the exploration of materials, techniques and processes. You will develop your ability to:

    • Communicate creatively through digital and manual techniques
    • Focus on projecting artistic and commercial themes for your art work
    • Learn dynamic image making skills using 3D and 2D software and practical skills in our workshops.
    • Create designs and art work for clients
    • Complete a final major project, working independently and exhibiting to the public
    • Explore other art work through educational gallery visits
Level 1 – 3 x GCSES at grades E or level 2/3 (including English and Maths)

Explanation of entry requirements
Please visit the College website to apply online for a course and gain an interview.
  • We assess regularly with both informal/formal, formative and summative portfolio assessments. We provide students with tutor reviews which are usually three weeks prior to their final assessments.

    We also embed self, peer and tutor assessment in almost every session, whether this is in verbal or written form. Learners have regular tutorials where their assessment grades are checked. Other areas of study such as English and Maths will involve examinations.

Level 2 Digital and Creative courses, such as Graphic Design & Photography, Art & Design, Games Design, Fashion & Textiles.

Applicants must have the required GCSE grades in English, maths and an art based subject.

Our Art & Design Level 1 Course will allow you to develop a wide range of Drawing, 2D and 3D skills preparing you for a career in a creative industry. Art & Design is very versatile and our students can progress to Games, Fashion, Graphics or Photography, as well as Art & Design. The main course aim is to build creative skills and English & maths grades for progression to Level 2, where skills or GCSE grades may be below Level 2 entry requirements.

The course will:

  • Build your skills in Art & Design ready for your next step to Level 2
  • Explore the history of Art and Design
  • Provide experience of working with external clients
  • Explore roles in the industry
  • Build your English and Maths skills
  • Give you the opportunity to achieve higher grades in English and maths for progression to Level 2
  • Gain valuable work experience
Not applicable at this stage.

We have links with businesses and creative venues in the region who welcome student collaborations, and work placements.


  • Freelance Artist, Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Interactive Artist
  • Community Artist
  • Art Therapist
  • Teacher
  • Gallery/ Museum worker
  • Technician
  • Sculptor
  • Jeweller
  • Architect
  • Interior/ Theatre Designer
  • Theatrical make-up
  • Art & Fashion
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Study Programme

All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development