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You'll study Art and Design with lecturers who are themselves practicing artists, discovering your strengths and finding confidence in your talents as you prepare for your next steps.

Our Arts and Design courses are designed to be broad and exploratory, allowing you to find your own strengths as a creative practitioner.

You'll develop art, design and communication skills, working on briefs and themes. There are opportunities to study a range of subject areas including printmaking, fine art, 3D design, graphic design and drawing techniques. You will be taught by experienced and dedicated lecturers who are themselves creative practitioners with relevant professional experience, supported by technicians working in industry standard studios and workshops. Regular visits to exhibitions both regionally and in London will enrich your classroom learning. After completing a Level 3 course with us you'll be able to progress onto our highly regarded, one-year pre-degree Foundation Art and Design course. This course has seen students accepted to prestigious universities including UAL, Central St. Martins, Goldsmiths and Manchester.

What our students say

I enjoy my work as a Graphic Design apprentice; I get a lot of support from the Marketing team. I have learnt so much and I'm a lot more confident compared to when I started.

Ani Diz

Level 3 Art and Design Apprentice

Meet your lecturer

Technician and Printmaking Instructor,

Sarah is the Art/3D Technician and printmaking instructor at Salisbury campus. She has 15 years’ experience working as an art and design technician in secondary and FE educational settings. Sarah completed a BA (Hons) Fine Art degree at Portsmouth University in 2003, where her work focused on the distortion, disintegration and fragmentation of memory. Her specialisms are primarily printmaking and textiles alongside a large repertoire of art practices including 2D and 3D materials, techniques and processes. She enjoys encouraging students to try new mediums, giving them confidence to translate and experiment with their artwork in new, spontaneous and unexpected ways.

Beth Hays Thomas,

I have a BA in Product and Furniture Design. My passion for design, combined with the satisfaction I gain from helping others develop their skills and knowledge is the reason I decided to work in Design education.

I have 8 years industry experience working in-house for various high street retailers such as Marks and Spencer and John Lewis. My roles at these retailers involved design and development of a variety of 3D product across multiple areas including Home Accessories, Table top, Gifting, Wall décor and Seasonal products. One of my fondest memories is designing a jewellery box for the V&A museum.

James Shaw,

James Shaw is an established freelance graphic designer with a passion and drive for creative education and career development. With 5+ years in design, James has transitioned from working within design agencies to establishing himself as a Freelance Graphic Designer and founder of Volley Design in A Freelance Design studio based in Wiltshire, working with startups, SME’s and global companies to implement and deliver branding, print design and corporate presentations. James's other passions lie in the creative education sector and has delivered multiple talks on Freelancing, the transition from education to careers and the importance of finding your own career journey.

Samantha O'Neill,
Lecturer in Photography,

Samantha O'Neill is known as Samantha Horn in her professional career as an Artist. Samantha has two first class degrees, a BA in Photography and a Masters in Fine Art. Her former career in Costume Design for film and television culminated with her winning an Emmy in 2006 but more importantly has allowed her concerns within the mediums of photography, film and costume to evolve in an enquiring and exploratory manner. Her work, primarily created through the use of photography, is concerned with 'cultural identity' and notions of 'belonging' found within narratives of European 'portrayal'. Samantha practices both digital and analog including 10x8 camera photography.

Rick Smith,

Rick is a Variable Hours lecturer in Art and Design with a focus on digital art working and illustration. Rick has a degree in illustration and over 20 years of industry experience both in-house and freelance working within graphic design and illustration with clients ranging from the National Trust to the Tate Galleries. In his own time, he enjoys creating travel posters which he sells through publishers Athena and his own websites. He is currently studying for a PGCE with the University of Greenwich.

Richard Tulloch,

Richard Tulloch is a multidisciplinary artist, focused upon sculpture and printmaking with a degree in Fine Art, and a specialist PGCE in post-compulsory education. Prior to teaching at the College, Richard had experience as a curator and ran a successful commercial art sales group with a collective in Bedfordshire. Richard had also accrued over a decade of educational experience, working in Adult Community Learning and supporting those with additional learning needs in specialist schools across Devon and Somerset. In his current practice, Richard is currently developing his concept art skills for film and gaming, through the application of digital and emergent technologies.

Rob MacPherson,

Rob MacPherson is a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in Fine Art, installation, sculpture, digital and video art. He studied BA Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University and completed his post graduate MA in Fine Art and PGCE at Kingston University. Alongside his art practice, Rob has extensive industry experience across a range of art and design related sectors and disciplines, including 7 years lecturing experience in BA Fine Art, Foundation Art and Design, and Level 1, 2, 3 Art & Design. Rob’s on-going collaborative art practice employs a synergistic approach to process, facilitating a platform for conversation and combining making methods, creating a larger forum for art-making to occur. Rob has curated and exhibited widely across the UK and Europe, including on-going collaborative projects with a variety of artist lead organisations and artists.

Tracey Nichols,

Tracey is 3D Design Lecturer and Course Leader to UAL Level 1 & 2 Art and Design. With 24 years' teaching experience in further education, she has held several different teaching positions ranging from Senior Practitioner and Deputy Head to guest lecturer for Poole and East Dorset Arts Society. Whilst undertaking her degree in Multidisciplinary 3D Design from Brunel University she produced exhibition designs for Finning Caterpillar and Princess Yachts.

She professionally exhibits her work and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and interests with others. In addition to 3D Design she teaches drawing techniques, contextual studies, printmaking, and visual communication. She is a PGCE teaching mentor for Greenwich University and has led several ‘live’ projects for students.

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