Art and Design

The School of Art and Design is a vibrant, energetic and incredibly successful part of the college. It's an environment where creative people can express themselves, learn new skills and focus on the one subject you love. Our success rates are significantly above the UK national averages. We have a wonderful and consistent track record of students succeeding on our courses and progressing to rewarding futures at prestigious universities and positions within the creative industries. There is a mature and busy culture of learning. The learning of creative, technical and professional skills is at the centre of being an art student – and you will thrive in our exciting environment. We would be delighted for you to be part of The School of Art and Design.

A vast majority of students gain places at prestigious universities to continue their art and design education. Last academic year students worked on live projects with Twentieth Century Fox and Radio One. This is a unique aspect of the School of Art and Design. Students in their second year have the opportunity to travel on a foreign residential - Berlin in 2016 and New York in 2017! Courses are outstanding and incredibly popular.

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Successful students progressing from our Level 3 courses will be guaranteed an offer on the BA (hons) Graphic Design and Communication or BA (hons) Applied Interior Design here at The University of Suffolk at West Suffolk College.

Our Art and Design courses give you a broad foundation of the core skills including: 

Digital Imaging
Drawing and painting
Fashion and Textiles 
Fine Art 
Graphic Design 
Product, furniture and jewellry design 
Interior design 
Print Making 

From our Art and Design courses, students can move into Higher Education at university or trainee employment within the creative industries.

The School of Art and Design is accredited and a partner with University Arts London (UAL), which includes the main art colleges in London. All of our courses are UAL qualifications. At Level 3 these are extremely valued by all universities. Last academic year every student who applied to university successfully gained a place. This was an amazing 82 per cent of Level 3 students progressing.

Adult Education Courses

If you are not interested in our part-time courses, we have a wide range of Adult Education classes in a range of Art disciplines such as Watercolour, Drawing, Life Drawing, Mixed Media and Botanical Illustration.

Jobs you could do…

  • All creative industries
  • Freelance artist or designer
  • Illustrator
  • Advertising
  • Animator
  • Fashion Designer
  • Interior Designer
  • Sculptor
  • Digital Industries
  • Product Designer
  • Jewellry

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Art and Design courses

We have a wide range of courses available in a variety of areas.

Art & Design - New York 2017

Art & Design - New York 2017
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Art and Design - Level 2

Art and Design - Level 2
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The School of Art and Design

The School of Art and Design
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“The College has a really fantastic team of staff with a great mixture of skills between them.” General Art and Design Extended Diploma Level 3 Year 2
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