Art & Design


This new and exciting two-year vocational course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the study of art and design. You will develop highly creative and diverse art and design projects and gain an understanding of the creative process.

Level: Vocational (level 3)
Type: Single award

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind


Fine artist, graphic designer, illustrator, web designer, printmaker, animator and game designer.


Art foundation (pre-degree), fine art, graphic design, print making, illustration and games design.

Topics you'll cover


  • Visual recording and communication (graphics, photography, drawing, printmaking, digital media)
  • Analyse the work of artists and designers and develop your own practice.


  • Refining the creative process
  • Portfolio development
  • Optional unit (pre-selected).

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two external assessments
  • Exam board: Pearson (Edexcel)
  • CTEC Introductory Diploma (level three)
  • Equivalent to one A Level.

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English, maths and art
  • Portfolio of images could be used as an art GCSE alternative.

What students say about the course

"The course has given me a completely new outlook on the workings of the art industry. We’ve covered a variety of topics and learnt new skills and techniques, which includes a mixture of digital media and more traditional art fields. I think my best work has come from taking risks and trying to develop my work to the standards of an art foundation course."

Gabrielle McGuire, previously at The Mountbatten School

Additional information


Art trips can include exciting opportunities such as visiting Barcelona to experience gothic architecture and street art to exploring the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. 


During your studies you will have access to extra materials and activities as part of your course. These extra items (such as equipment, study guides and workbooks etc.) are built into the normal day-to-day running of our courses and so we ask students to make an annual payment towards these additional costs.

 A copy of our course payment breakdown can be course payment breakdown.