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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

This course is for you if you want to develop your understanding and experience of Art, Craft and Design media methods and techniques. 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, you will get the opportunity to work across our wide range of facilities including digital graphics, print, and 3D as well as developing your drawing and painting abilities. Units studied 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 regular 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 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).

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 art work to a relevant standard, including observational and expressive drawing.

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

To be accepted onto the course, applicants are required to have achieved a Grade C 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

All work is assignment-based and continuously assessed throughout the course by the art staff. Students' progress is monitored through student reviews.

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.

What job could I get afterwards? You could work as an Artist, Gallery Curator, Arts Educator, Painter, Designer, Architect, or any one of the many jobs in the art and design industry. Starting salaries in the art and design industry can be around £16,000 a year. With experience and increased responsibility, earnings can range from £22,000 to £60,000 a year or more.

What other opportunities will I have? On successful completion of a BTEC Extended Diploma qualification, a learner can progress to or go into employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area at University, such as a BA Honours Degree, a foundation degree or a HND. Learners who completed this course went on to... You could progress to: Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Higher National Diploma Foundation Degree course BA Degree course* Employment in the design field

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 art and design studios, using a range of materials and equipment as the course progresses. You will also undertake some digital design work, conducted in computer suites equipped with industry standard software.


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.