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Access to HE Diploma: 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
Theory & Practical

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 are able to engage with the complex boundaries 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.

The course will cover a wide range of art and design related topics. The 9 units covered are:

  • Drawing for Art & Design
  • Life Drawing
  • Figure Drawing and Painting
  • Visual Studies
  • Art & Design in 2D or 3D
  • Digital Imaging
  • Study Skills
  • History of Art & Design
  • A Personal Project

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.

This diploma is validated and approved by One Awards.


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.


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.