Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2018/19) and are subject to change next year.

For students under 19

Our courses & apprenticeships are usually free if you are 18 or under on the 31st of August 2019. Some courses have additional fees for things like materials and travel, which you will need to pay at the start of your course. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support for these costs.

For students aged 19 or over

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees. Some courses may be free, depending on your circumstances. Certain Level 3 & 4 courses require you to pay the fee in full or take out an Advanced Learning Loan to pay for your course. Please see our guide to fees for more information.

International Students

Students from outside the EU/EEA need to pay the full international fee for their course. Please note, West London College does not offer Tier 4 Visa Sponsorship for students to study in the United Kingdom.


About this course

Course Content & Structure This course is for you if you want to develop and improve your fine art skills, including drawing, painting and illustration. It helps learners to explore a variety of art & design techniques and focuses on improving drawing and painting. During the course you will get the opportunity to find your own style and specialism. You are given the opportunity to create your own final assignment so that you can focus on your strengths ready for university applications.

Units studied in the first year of the programme will include:

  • Print
  • Materials, Techniques and Processes
  • Computers in Art
  • Drawing from Life

As a London college, we are able to arrange visits to museums and galleries throughout your studies. Student work is regularly displayed across the college and at the end of the course your work will be shown at a public exhibition.

Working both independently and in groups, you will complete four projects per year.

Your work will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year, and you will receive written and verbal feedback about how you can improve. At the end of each year you are given the opportunity to devise a project of your own that allows you to focus on particular interests in art & design work.

Your Study Programme will include the main course, a weekly tutorial, work experience placement/employability skills development and English and Maths as required (see below).

On completion of the year one course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design

NB - Please note that this is the first year of a two year course. Learners are required to achieve a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design to be enrolled on the Extended Diploma in Year 2. (Students will initially enrol on the 60 Credit Subsidiary Diploma in Art & Design, and are required to complete all 6 units by the end of Term 2. On successful completion of these units, students will be enrolled onto the full 90 Credit Diploma for Term 3, during which the remaining 3 units will be completed.)

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs grade A* - C/9 - 4, including English Language and a subject relevant to your chosen area of study. Students with full Level 2 vocational qualifications with an overall Merit/Distinction in Art and Design will be considered alongside 2 GCSEs grade 9 - 4 including GCSE English Language.

During interview and enrolment you will need to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your drawing and painting.

GCSE Maths & English

As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend L2 Certificate/GCSE Maths classes if they have yet to achieve a GCSE Grade 4 in the subject.

To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade 4 in English Language. NB - In certain circumstances (e.g. overseas applicants) applicant may be accepted without this if they demonstrate the necessary level of literacy in diagnostic testing completed during enrolment. In such cases, students will be required to study GCSE English as part of their Study Programme.

Assessment Method

Student assessment is based on course work, both practical and written. In the second year you will have to undertake a Final Major Project and three other projects.

Progression Opportunities

In Year 1, you will complete the Edexcel 90 Credit Diploma (equivalent to 1.5 A levels), requiring you to complete 4 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. This will allow you to progress to the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Following the completion of the Year 2 course, our learners continue with their education, and progress to degree level qualifications at university or art schools.

After this course you can also apply for a wide range of creative university courses. Previous students have progressed to courses in animation, graphic design, photography, illustration, interactive media, games design and film.

Alternatively, students can apply and progress into entry level jobs. This too can be in a wide range of different creative industries.

The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including games designer, animator, web designer, graphic designer, photographer, film/TV special effects designer etc.

Study Methods

You will have 13.5 hours of timetabled classes each week over four days including a group tutorial with your personal tutor who will support and encourage you throughout the duration of the course.

You will learn in dedicated art and design studios. We also have computer rooms, equipped with industry standard software packages, including Photoshop.


We look forward to welcoming you to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London's College. We are enrolling now. Come along to the College to enrol directly. See our enrolment dates and times.