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

This course gives you the opportunity to combine the use of digital technology with traditional art techniques. You will develop skills that enable you to produce exciting, creative and imaginative work in such areas as graphic design, illustration, interactive media, video work, animation, and traditional art and design.

The course provides an introduction to digital graphic design, interactive media technologies and traditional art-related industries, and requires learners to produce a portfolio of practical work along with supporting theoretical studies.

Areas of study may include;

  • Traditional art (drawing, painting and sculpture)

  • Computers in Art & Design

  • Image Manipulation using Computer Applications

  • Design Principles in Graphic Design

  • Graphic Image Making

  • Typefaces & Letterforms

  • Typographic & Layout Design

  • Product Design

  • Mixed media Image Making

  • Design for Advertising

  • Narrative Image making

  • Animation (2D, Stop Motion etc)

  • Web design

  • Photography

  • Digital Storytelling

Students also develop core skills in Communication, Numeracy and Information Technology. Opportunity is provided to study for a qualification in English and Maths. We also offer a full programme of enrichment activities that include visits to relevant exhibitions and galleries. NB – Learners will achieve the BTEC 90 Credit/Extended Diploma in Art & Design on completion of the course. The course certificate will include details of all units completed. 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, 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 A - C including GCSE English Language and a good reference.

During interview and enrolment you will need to present a portfolio of work demonstrating your drawing, painting, line and tone observation skills from life (NB - not computer generated imagery, copied work or manga-style characters).

This course has a strong design bias and as such all applicants must have a portfolio of artwork / demonstrable artistic ability. If you do not have an art portfolio, drawing tasks will be provided to you for completion during the interview/enrolment process

GCSE Maths & English As part of their overall Study Programme, students will also be required to attend FS/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 undertake a Final Major Project.

Your work is assessed by the teaching team, and externally moderated by Edexcel.

Progression Opportunities

In Year 1, you are enrolled on 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.

In Year 2, to complete the full Extended Diploma, you will undertake a further 3 core units, plus a minimum of 6 specialist units. The full Extended Diploma is equivalent to 3 A Levels). NB - LEARNERS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE 90 CREDIT DIPLOMA TO PROGRESS TO YEAR 2.

Usually our learners continue with their education and progress to degree level qualifications at university.

After this course you can also apply for a wide range of creative university courses. Previous students have progressed to courses in 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 hours of timetabled classes each week 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 computer labs, equipped with industry standard software packages, including Flash, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Final Cut and Maya 3D. There is also a broadcast quality TV studio, and two traditional art studios.


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.