Art and Design

Faculty of Art, Design and Fashion

Attendance Options: Full Time, Full Time


What will I study?

You will be able to study the following qualifications in this subject:

Level 1 UAL Art Design and Media (1 Year)

Level 2 UAL Art and Design (1 year)

Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma Art and Design (2 years)

Are you ready to take your first steps towards an exciting career in the creative industry?

Do you love drawing, researching and designing with anything you can get your hands on?

If so, Art and Design is the right pathway for you. These courses are designed to help you develop and improve in all aspects of making. During our art and design courses, you will learn a variety of skills to help you on your journey towards becoming a professional in the Art and Design industry.

Drawing and painting are your main sessions supported by 3D sculpture, surface design, printmaking, photography and digital skills. This is designed for you to specialise and tailor your own style of working.

During your studies, you will carry out your work in our specialist studios and editing suites developing a range of skills in creative that will provide you with an excellent foundation in the industry. You will also learn how to present your completed course work in appropriate formats and develop a manual/digital creative portfolio for future progression to University, Employment or an apprenticeship after your course ends.

Modules and Topics


Work Experience

It is very important that you develop your experience within your industry and that you complete work placement opportunities. We can support you with this and our tutors have excellent industry links with relevant employers. We also invite employers and organisations to come in to offer you opportunities to complete projects and tasks, and have industry master classes and guest speakers from your industry specialism who will broaden your understanding of the career routes that you may choose to follow.  

So far, our students have completed work experience for photography clients, mural projects and community projects.

How will I be assessed?

How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be continuously assessed in a variety of ways to establish what you have learnt from each unit and assignment.

To ensure you are ready for a demanding and successful career in art and design, many of your assessments are in line with the industry expectations. This means you will pitch your ideas, present planning documents that meet professional standards for your intended outcomes and curate exhibitions for specific target audiences.

With each project, you will be asked to produce a sketchbook of research and experiments leading towards a final piece, this is formally assessed with a presentation and exhibition. Your feedback will be kept on our digital assessment platform at final assessment points. While one to one tutorials will discuss your progress and set you stretching targets to ensure you are always aiming high and making good progress.

Your final grade is established through your final major project (FMP), where you will use a selection of the skills and techniques that you have learnt, practised and developed on the course. You will design & create an exhibition piece of your own choosing. This project is examined by external moderators and is exhibited for your peers and tutors to assess.

How will I be assessed (Apprenticeship)?

Assessment is ongoing throughout the apprenticeship. You will create a portfolio of work, both in college and the workplace, which will be used as evidence towards your qualification. You can be assessed in a number of ways, which could include producing written documents or products, observations, witness statements, photographic and professional discussions.

What will this lead to?

Majority of students who study Art and Design aren’t always sure at first what path to go down. After completion of Level 3, progression options include university, apprenticeship, or full time employment. You will also have the opportunity to study on our foundation art & design course that advances your skills to a high level to support your choice of degree and to create a high class portfolio for those who want to spend more time considering their options and making a portfolio to compete at the most prestigious of University courses.

For those who go straight to university, students generally choose higher education courses such as Fine Art, Illustration, Curating, Art History, Graphics, Games Design, Visual Communication, Art Therapy. Employment usually stems from self-employment producing work for agencies, companies and private collectors; these are widely available in artist networks, education/youth groups and art studios exhibitions.

What will this lead to (Apprenticeship)?

On successful completion of the apprenticeship, the majority of apprentices are offered full time employment by their employers. They spend a lot of time supporting and developing you to enhance their business and value you as a member of the team. Other options are, you could choose to move on to a different employer and job role if you feel you want to experience different environments. Your employer will give you a good reference and you will have 18 months of work experience on your CV to show your new employer. Another option is to go on to University and get a Degree in your chosen specialism.

Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

No formal qualifications are required for this course, although evidence of personal progression from previous education establishments would be beneficial.

These courses are specifically designed for learners with a special educational need (SEND).

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3


GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.


Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.


Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.


Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

How to apply

You can apply for all our courses by choosing the Apply Now button, which appears once you have chosen the area you are interested in.

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Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.