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 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 better find your strengths and interests. This will also prepare you for your next step, whether that is further study or employment. Teaching and learning are carried out in traditional craft workshops and digital MakerSpaces. You will also get 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.

Choosing a visual arts and design pathway develops your creativity and problem-solving skills in areas including painting, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, concept architecture, visual special effects and animation (including model making), creative business, marketing, graphics, fashion, visual studies, design, computer design software, photography, historical and contextual studies, personal and professional development.

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

Job projections for visuals arts and design roles such as arts officers, graphic designers, photographers and AV operators are strong, with well over 2,000 new annual job openings forecast across each of these occupations.

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.

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Amelie, Photography Level 3 We have a lot of freedom in the course and we cover every type of photography. You get feedback from everyone on how to improve including what they like, what they don’t like and what techniques to use.
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