This course is designed for students who have completed a BTEC National or A levels and want to apply for higher education courses in Art and Design. It enables students to develop a strong portfolio for higher education interviews. There are opportunities to broaden and develop visual awareness, explore design concepts and improve verbal presentation skills.

This is done in a studio-based, student-focused environment. We demand commitment through intensive teaching and high workload. Both internal and external applicants are welcome. Students will be encouraged to extend their ways of working, developing theoretical concepts and practical approaches.

How is it assessed?

The assessment is 100% coursework. All units must be passed. Final grade is given on an externally assessed final project.

Course duration

One year full-time.

What do I need to study this subject?

Students must be educated to A level/BTEC National in Art and Design. Applications will be considered from post-19 students who have had alternative experience; however, all students must show a portfolio of artwork at interview.

Where can this lead me?

Students can progress to a chosen specialist area at degree level. British art schools have a reputation for producing leaders in their chosen fields. Career choices can include: advertising, fashion/textile design, film and TV (post production), fine art (such as painting, sculpture, printmaking), product design, photography and digital imaging, and marketing/PR.

What are the enrichment opportunities?

The course will include visits to museums and galleries in London, and a field trip abroad: past destinations have included New York and Barcelona. Visiting lecturers, including professional designers from leading universities, form part of the programme.