Art & Design
Fee Information

Fees indicated are based on the current year (August 2016 to July 2017) and are subject to change next year.

Our further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are usually free if you are 16-18 years old. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as course materials and travel.

If you are aged 19 or over you may be required to pay fees.

If you are enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and are over 19 years of age the fees may be higher and you will be required to take out an Advanced Learning Loan, please see the guide to fees for more information.

International students will be required to pay the full International course fee.

For more information, see our guide to fees.

About this course

NB - Please note that this is the second year of a Year 2 course. Learners are required to achieve a BTEC 90 Credit Diploma in Art & Design to be enrolled on the Extended Diploma.

This course is for you if you want to develop your understanding and experience of Art, Craft and Design media methods and techniques, with emphasis on fine art disciplines. It will introduce you to the skills and knowledge needed to work in this type of industry. You can also progress to a wide range of courses in higher education.

During your course, as well as developing your drawing and painting abilities, you will get the opportunity to work across our wide range of facilities including digital graphics, print, and 3D.

Units studied over the full 2 year programme will include:

  • Visual Recording in Art and Design
  • Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design
  • Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
  • Communication through Art and Design
  • Contextual Influences in Art and Design
  • Application, Exploration and Realisation

As a London college, we are able to arrange regularly visits to museums and galleries throughout your studies, as well as opportunities to access programmes run by London universities. 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 a series of projects that will cover 18 units over the 2 years of the full Extended Diploma course. Your work will be assessed at regular intervals throughout the year, and you will receive written and verbal feedback about how you can improve. The course culminates in an independent Final Major Project at the end of the second year.

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 course, you will achieve a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design

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 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 (not computer, copied work or manga).

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 to be assessed externally.

Progression Opportunities

Successful students will obtain a BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design by the end of Year 2. This is equivalent to 3 A levels. Students passing the course with Merit or above can go on to study at University, training or employment. The course prepares students for the world of work in the various fields of Illustrator, Graphic Design, Architecture, Interior Design, Animation, Fashion Design, Product Design, Theatre Design and Digital Imaging.

The course will open up a wide range of creative career opportunities including artist, games designer, animator, graphic designer, photographer, architect, interior designer, illustrator and magazine designer.

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 Adobe Creative Suite, Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Dreamweaver and Indesign.


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.