Art, Design and Fashion

Access to Higher Education: Art and Design Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course starts in September 2019 and runs for 36 weeks. Days and times to be confirmed.

Entry requirements
  • We would like to see examples of recent work produced over the last three years, including drawings and evidence of your enthusiasm in any other medium
  • Level 2 English is desirable
You will achieve

Level 3 Access to HE Diploma in Art and Design.

Last updated: 4th March 2019

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares you for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university but left school without the qualifications you need, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course is designed for mature students who have an ongoing enthusiasm for the creative arts and for those who wish to develop their growing interest in a variety of practical art and design areas.

Course content

You will spend two days a week in our well-equipped studios working with enthusiastic and committed tutors, who are all practicing artists, across a range of disciplines.

Our aim is to help you develop a critical awareness of why you produce your work rather than just showing you how to do something.

Studio Practice

The course is divided into three stages:

  • The first stage introduces you to skills and new ways of thinking about observation drawing, painting, textiles, 3-dimensional design, printmaking and an introductory project. The project will help you to develop, analyse, evaluate, sustain and resolve your ideas
  • The second stage consists of a thematic and self-elected project, which you can develop in any media or direction that you wish in consultation with your tutors
  • The third stage consists of a final major project which gives you the opportunity to design, plan and take much more responsibility for the direction of your work

As part of the course there are study trips to galleries and museums.

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading. The final major project is exhibited as part of the Universities Arts Festival in June/July which is open to the public. In order to gain a full Access Certificate, you must pass all the course units.

What equipment will I need?

A studio fee will be payable on induction of £35 that contains a Studio Kit, Printing Credit and Materials Credit.

Where will I study?

Church Street Campus
Church Street
S70 2AN

What can I do next?

You can progress onto a HND, BA or MA Art and Design course. Others aiming at self-employment can set up their own studios. Some students could use the course to enhance their employment prospects in the creative industries.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £3,928.

19+ Students

Aged 19 or over and thinking about further education?

You may be eligible for free or reduced course fees . Please refer to our page ‘paying for your course.’

Financial support

You may be eligible for assistance with expenses such as travel, books, equipment and childcare. For further information please contact the Student Services Team on +44 (0)1226 216 114.

Extra information

Advanced Learner Loans

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



Contact the Information Unit

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

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Additional Learning Support

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.


Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Access to Higher Education: Art and Design Level 3 Full-time