Further Education programmes
- Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
You should normally be at least 18 years old with a minimum of one A level plus three GCSE passes at grade C or above, or equivalent qualifications. You should also be able to present a portfolio of work which demonstrates your interests and ability in art and design.
- Extended Diploma in Art & Design
You should be at least 16 years old, have a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C or above, or an Intermediate GNVQ or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design at a merit or above, and be able to present a portfolio of work which shows your interest and ability in art design and/or technology.
- Level 2 Diploma in Visual Arts and Access to Higher Education
There are no formal entry qualifications for this course, but you may wish to show us examples of work which demonstrate your creative side or skills such as drawings, paintings, models, garments or photographs. Students with sufficient experience in art and design may progress directly to the second year (Access to Higher Education) of the programme.
- Mature students
If you’re older than the typical college entrant and don’t have traditional qualifications, we will consider your relevant experience as well as your educational background. Your application form should provide as much information as possible for consideration by admissions staff and, if we consider it to be relevant, we’ll explore it further with you at interview.
- International Students
If you are an International student interested in applying for the Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and your first language is not English, please see
If you need further guidance with your portfolio the College offers a portfolio preparation course, held on Saturdays for year 11-13 Secondary School students.
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