Course Area Overview

Art & Design

Art & Design

Do you have creative flair and passion for Art and Design? Our Art and Design courses offer students the opportunity to experience working in a broad range of art and design disciplines such as, drawing, painting, graphics, fashion, textiles, sculpture, photography and product design.

City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Textiles

This is the ideal qualification for creative learners who love to work with textiles! You will develop all the knowledge and practical skills you need for a successful career in the textile sector.

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City & Guilds Level 3 Diploma in Floristry

The Award, Certificate or Diploma in Floristry can help you to gain and develop the skills you need to work as a florist. You'll learn things like plant care, flower arranging and how to create floral decorations for celebrations.

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NOCN Level 3 Award in Graphic Design

This course is aimed at anyone interested in gaining or improving their graphic design skills - whether they already have some design experience, are keen to learn the basics or simply have an interest in the subject. Under the guidance of an experienced and multi award winning designer, students will receive a solid grounding in the disciplines, methods and technical aspects of graphic design, layout and typography, allowing the student to rapidly become proficient and knowledgable in design - and, with a project and practical led basis to the course - the ability to create their own high quality design work.

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OCR Cambridge Technical Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design with a Certificate in Media

This Art and Design course helps students develop knowledge, skills, and understanding to enable them to express their creativity and imagination through responses to visual and written stimuli. The seven specification titles cover the breadth of Art and Design, both traditional and digital.

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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma in Art and Design

The Graphics and Photography Pathway is a two-year course split into two one-year elements. In the first year, you’ll be placed onto the Subsidiary Diploma, where you’ll study 9 units, 18 in total over the 2 years. This is the equivalent of 3 x A Levels You’ll study units like Digital Technology, Branding for Design, Digital Photography, Animation, Graphic Design, Motion Graphics Advertising Photography and Fashion Photography. A typical unit consists of initial research, experimentation, generating ideas for a brief, developing ideas, presenting ideas to a client, using client feedback to refine ideas, and presenting a final outcome in response to a brief. Each unit is designed to be delivered as a project, based on commercial outcomes.

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Certificate in Performing Arts

This course is designed to give learners an introduction to the performing arts industry and to inspire them to pursue a career in this area. It will allow learners to develop skills in performance, acting, singing and production techniques. It is broadly equivalent to 1 AS level and attracts UCAS points.

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Combined Diploma in Art & Design

Art and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. If you’re interested in a career in the creative industry this course will provide you with the skills and understanding to progress within your chosen specialism. Through hands on projects students will experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design focusing on their specialism in Performing Arts, Media, Graphic Design or Production Arts – Costume Design or Set Design.

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design

The aim of this course is to build upon the interest learners already have in the field of Art and Design and prepare them either to progress to Higher Education in the field, or to enter the industry directly. The practical nature of the course is designed to develop learner's expertise of the area of Fine Art and Large and Small Scale Design. Through hands on projects, they will develop skills, knowledge and understanding. A range of carefully selected topics equip learners with a broad view of all the main subjects needed to fully understand this area, and to be able to design and implement projects to a high standard.

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Pearson BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

This course is constructed to enable the student to explore a range of study disciplines through a practical and diagnostic experience in art and design. It assists students to develop an individual and confident perception of their specialist area of study prior to application to Ba Hons degree & HE courses or employment. Students have the opportunity to exhibit their work publicly when they showcase their final work.

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Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Art and Design (Arts Practice)

This course’s purpose is to develop students as professional, self-reflective individuals able to meet the demands of employers in creative industries sector and adapt to an ever-changing world. It provides the learner with the opportunity to develop as a Fine Art Practitioner and gain a thorough knowledge and understanding of contemporary practice allowing you to become confident and professional.

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Ulster University Foundation Degree in Design (Product & Graphic)

Design thinking and social marketing are quickly becoming two key processes in the operation of any enterprise. We are living through and are right at the key moment of a change in the way ideas are created and spread and implemented. This course aims to provide graduates with the skills required to research, conceptualise, create and market products in this rapidly changing world. Learners will gain knowledge of industry standards; processes and design techniques of Product and Graphic Design.

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About the qualifications

More than 1.7 million people in the UK are currently working in the creative industries. Nearly a quarter of them (24%) are freelancers. In the last two years alone, the industry has grown by 10%, meaning there are 170,000 more jobs than there were two years ago. This trend looks set to continue in the future. 

So, if you want to build on your skills and join a growing industry, we've got the courses you are looking for!

Our colleges can provide you with an inspiring learning environment where you can create the projects that will prepare you for a career in digital and creative media. Start your career with us and build a top-class portfolio of your very best work. 

Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Photography (Dungannon Campus)
90 Credit Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design
Level 4 BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Art & Design
Level 5 Ulster University Foundation Degree in Design (Product & Graphic) (Enniskillen & Omagh Campus)

Choose our courses to collaborate with professional artists and employers on live projects, putting on exhibitions and learning how to sell your work. Our teaching teams are subject specialists, including practising artists and designers, who have experience in the creative industries.

Our programmes have taken students on to:

  • Study degrees at top universities
  • Work in design, marketing and project management jobs
  • Curate at galleries
  • Run their own businesses in fashion and clothes design

Our art and design department has a very diverse team with lecturers from both fine art and sculptural backgrounds to lecturers with a graphic and product design history.