Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current academic year (2019/20) 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

The course will allow you to explore and sample a range of art and design industries, such as interior design and architecture, illustration, fine art painting and also some aspects of graphic design. This course is for you if you want to develop and improve your art & design skills for a future career in the visual arts. The course begins with a focus on developing your drawing skills, which support all the other assignments and specialisms investigated as the course progresses. At the end of the course, you will devise your own Final Major Project, developing particular areas of interest in greater detail and focusing on your strengths in preparation for progression to higher education or employment.

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

  • Drawing from Observation
  • Design Principles
  • Painting in Fine Art

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.

You will complete four themed projects per year.

Your work will be assessed at regular intervals throughout each year of the course, and will receive written and verbal feedback from your teachers about how you can improve in future assignments.

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 first year of the course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design NB - Please note that learners are required to achieve a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design to be enrolled onto Year 2 to complete the full Extended Diploma.

Equipment requirements:

All Art & Design students are required to maintain a basic Art Kit of essential materials, and to bring these materials to each class.

The Art Kit should include:

  1. A range of pencils
  2. Ruler
  3. Rubber
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue / Pritt Stick
  6. A3 Sketchbook
  7. A3 Wallet

*All items can be purchased in local shops in Ealing (such as Rymans, W.H.Smith and Tiger.)

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 onto the Extended Diploma in Year 2.

Following the completion of the Year 2 course, you may chooses to continue your education, progressing to degree level Arts qualifications at university or art schools, or to enter employment in the visual arts industries.

Previous students have progressed to a range of creative and arts-based HE courses and careers, including fine art, interior design, animation, graphic design, photography, illustration, interactive media, web design, games design and film/TV special effects.

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 the Adobe Creative Suite.


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.