Visual Arts and Design

Qualifications in our Visual Arts and Design pathway are accredited by the prestigious University of the Arts London (UAL).

University of the Arts London (UAL) is recognised as a world top-five university for art and design, according to the QS World University Rankings, and it is Europe’s largest specialist university for the creative industries. Our accreditation with University of the Arts London means that you will have the opportunity to have your work shortlisted to appear in the annual UAL Origins exhibition in London.

Our programmes follow an inter-disciplinary approach, which means you will be working with a variety of mediums so that you can find your strengths and interests while improving. The skills that you will learn on our visual arts and design pathway, such as blended technical and creative skills, collaborative interdisciplinary working, and enterprise are of increasing importance across the job market. This will also prepare you for your next step, whether that is further study or employment.

Teaching and learning are carried out in both our art and photography studio spaces, using both analogue and digital processes, as well as, traditional craft workshops. You will also have access to work experiences throughout your programme to prepare you for the realities of working in industry. This includes responding to live briefs set by employers, work experience, taking part in competitions, and attending masterclasses and careers talks.

This pathway can help you develop a number of exciting careers in the creative sector, such as photographer, fine artist, and creative director, among others.

Choosing a visual arts and design pathway develops your creativity and problem-solving skills in areas including:

  • painting
  • textiles
  • printmaking
  • sculpture
  • animation (including model making)
  • creative freelance practice
  • marketing
  • graphics
  • fashion
  • visual studies
  • design
  • photography
  • historical and contemporary contextual studies
  • personal and professional development

Careers in the creative industry can include curator, graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, picture editor, artist, set-designers, prop-makers, costume designers, and many more!

Industry partnerships

Poppy, Art and Design Level 3 UAL Extended Diploma It’s a really brilliant course and the college offers everything that you need. There’s always support on hand if you need it.
Read my story