What do I learn?
During the course you, along with your fellow students, will take part in several internal exhibitions and work alongside specialist lecturers, who will help guide you throughout the course. Towards the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to choose a subject specialism and complete a final major project. In addition you will be able to access careers advice from specialist members of staff and you will be carefully guided through the UCAS process. Staff will also advise you on developing your portfolio.
You will also work on projects that develop your time management skills, research abilities and factual writing skills. These transferable skills are relevant to all areas of creative arts and will prepare you for both higher education and the world of work.
Many of your tutors are practising artists and designers bringing current industry practice to the classroom. What you can expect from the team is enthusiasm and commitment, individual guidance to help you progress and achieve, help with working on your individual strengths, extensive guidance for application to higher level courses, help with building a varied portfolio of work and help with exploring careers within the creative industries.
The course is taught through a range of approaches designed to provide you with the opportunity to develop your technical and conceptual skills. You will be given assignments to work on at regular intervals throughout the year. The teaching team will help guide you through all of the assignment requirements.
What do I gain?
The course will help develop your skills in a range of areas, including drawing, media, digital art, glass, photography, printmaking and textiles, as well as your critical and analytical skills. Your communication, personal and study skills will also be improved through a common core programme. There will also be the opportunity to gain GCSEs in maths and English.
You will benefit from socialising in an educational environment and working collaboratively on specialist projects. All of this is excellent preparation for higher education. There is a wide range of support available at the college for students, including financial support.
You will be assigned a personal tutor who will agree performance targets with you and support you to achieve these targets. Your tutor is also the first port of call for any pastoral issues. Our committed team of staff and careers specialists will also guide and support you with your higher education choices and applications.
What do I need?
Students must be aged 19 or over. No specific qualifications are asked for however a GCSE grade C in English and maths would be beneficial.
You will be interviewed and you will also have a numeracy and literacy assessment to check your suitability to study at Level 3. At your interview you will need to bring with you a portfolio of your work to date, demonstrate that you have a realistic career goal in mind and the motivation to achieve.
Some degrees require that you have some relevant paid or voluntary work experience and this will also be checked at interview. Applicants are strongly advised to check degree entry requirements with prospective universities before applying.
What can I do next?
The majority of students from the Access course choose to continue with their studies. In previous years places have been gained on a variety of HE courses including Fine Art at Oxford Brookes, Jewellery Design at London Metropolitan, Fine Art Theory at Brighton, Textiles at Falmouth, Graphic Design at Kingston and many others. Students also have the opportunity to progress to working in the arts industries as self-employed artists, and applying for internships in museums and galleries and graphic design, fashion and other creative companies which may lead on to further training and employment.