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

Art Access He

Course outline

The course will develop your awareness of contemporary visual practice and will support you to develop a portfolio in your chosen area of study. This may include: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, Fashion, Ceramics, Decorative Arts, Jewellery Design, Product Design, Architecture, Illustration and Animation.

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.

You’ll have plenty of opportunity for creativity, collaboration and research into art over the centuries, as well as improving your personal skills and techniques

During the course you will learn underpinning processes such as contemporary drawing processes, life drawing, photography, print making, working with 3D processes, ceramics. There is a level of written work that is essential for moving onto Higher Education. You will work to project briefs and live briefs (for example competitions) to develop a range of ideas and outcomes that are particular for your area of study.

The beauty of this course is the broad range of artistic areas you’ll study, including:

  • Visual
  • Fine Art
  • Illustration
  • Textiles
  • Fashion
  • 3D Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Surface Patter
  • Contemporary Craft & Design

You’ll be challenged to plan, design, implement and evaluate your own creative projects, taking inspiration from other artists and your own experiences and motivations. 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: 5th September 2018

End: 27th June 2019

  • Course code: C000280

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 A* to C/9 to 4, 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.

Teaching & assessment

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:

  • Creative Cutting FdA
  • Design FdA
  • Graphic Design FdA
  • Advertising FdA
  • Illustration FdA
  • Design BA
  • Fashion BA
  • Graphics BA

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