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Access to Higher Education: Art, Design and Fashion - Full-time

Art Access He

Course outline

You’ll be studying right in the heart of the city’s Creative Quarter in the historical Lace Market, where you'll hone your talents and develop interest in new areas which will stretch you as an artist.

There are plenty of opportunity for creativity, collaboration and research into art over the centuries, as well as improving your personal skills and techniques.

You’ll learn about a vast range of art-related disciplines, such as:

  • Fine art
  • Graphics
  • Fashion and textiles design
  • Ceramics
  • Photography
  • Product design and interiors
  • Illustration and animation.

You’ll gain an awareness of contemporary visual practice and develop a portfolio in your chosen specialist field.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in one of our brilliant end of year showcases where you’ll be able to exhibit your work to the public. All our tutors have many years of experience in the industry and will be able to advise you on your potential career paths and university courses.

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Location Date


Stoney Street
25 Stoney Street


Start: 9th September 2019

Course code: C000280 / Q001619


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the College is:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 9 to 4/A* to C, including English Language and Maths; or
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 however relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification
  • Plus a relevant portfolio of work or a demonstrated passion for the subject area.

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths may be used as an equivalent for GCSE Maths. If you have GCSE Maths and Functional Skills Level 2 in English you may undertake an initial assessment to determine your level of English.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.


You will undergo continuous assessment as you progress through your course modules and you’ll also need to produce a portfolio of evidence for your work.


There are a whole host of exciting careers and degrees open to you including: graphic design, textile design, fashion design, interior design, fine art and illustrator.

You can even go on to university-level study here at Nottingham College, including:

  • Graphic design
  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • Interior design
  • Fine art
  • Illustration
  • Another creative subject area
Additional information

Check out our Financial Help page for information on fees and funding for students aged 19 and over!

Why not come along to our End of Year Shows 2019 and see what our current students have been working on.

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