Access to HE Art & Design

The Access to HE Diploma: Art & Design provides an opportunity for anyone without the necessary qualifications to step up to Higher Education.

1 Year
2 days per week

Entry Requirements: No formal qualifications needed

Course Info

The aim of the Access to HE Diploma: Art & Design course is to produce fully rounded, enthusiastic, confident and creative students who can successfully engage with the complex boundaries of higher education in Art & Design. 

This one year course is aimed at mature students (19+) who want the chance to progress onto a degree level qualification, even if they may not have A Levels. 

All students are supported by a system of individual and group tutorials. Attendance is two days per week (over one year). As the course is at Level 3, commitment is essential. In addition to your work at College you will be required to undertake independent study and research.


The course is delivered in a variety of formats which include the use of presentations, workshops, independent research, practical project work and group critiques. We place a lot of emphasis on developing independent learning. The course will culminate in an end of year art and design exhibition.

The course tutors have many years of teaching experience and of writing and developing courses from Access to Degree level. The tutors have all worked in the sector for a number of years and their knowledge is constantly updated by training.

Course Leader – Patrick Dolan
A graphic designer by training, Patrick has worked in education for over twenty years. He has extensive experience of course design, course leadership and delivery in both further and higher education, up to BA (Hons) level. His creative interests are wide ranging from illustration, typography, print. Patrick is fascinated by all aspects of the history and sociology of both art and design; from painting to cinema, from architecture to interactive design.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered following the outcome of a guidance interview and on their portfolio of work. Candidates will be required to show a portfolio of work, enthusiasm and a commitment to the course at an interview.

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