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Art & Design Access to HE
Study Mode
Full Time 
Practical Assessment 
Design & Visual Arts 
Course Code:
Entry Requirements
  • Grace C or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • You will be required to attend an interview as part of your application 

Art & Design Access to HE

The Art & Design Access to HE course is designed to give students the opportunity to focus on the practical application of knowledge and skills for progression to a HE Art & Design course. Through practical demonstrations and explorations of techniques you will develop your skills and make a start on your portfolio that will see you through to your final show and interviews beyond that.

About the Course

Most of the work is activity based, which helps you to develop a range of learning skills including independent research, programmed exercised, projects, presentations and discussions. The course is designed so that you can learn by direct experience. You will be encouraged to research, structure, interpret and evaluate information and use it to solve a variety of problems in a creative way. Throughout your time on the course you will also be encouraged to develop your own professional practice and style. 

Self-directed study forms a large proportion of the work for this course and you will be expected to work independently for at least 15 hours per week. Every student is expected to continue to work on projects in their own time, either at home or using college facilities. Your work will then be discussed, evaluated and assessed during studio time. 

Group Critiques & Peer Assessment
These sessions give you the opportunity to talk about your work and see what others are doing. It's an essential part of art and design as it is a very public subject - in the industry your work is often scrutinised by clients, the general public and rival designers, so you need to get used to displaying your projects and talking about them. Discussing ideas and engaging in constructive criticism is the best way to promote creativity and confident communication skills.

Portfolios and Sketchbooks
Your portfolio is essential for your progression and future career. Not only will you be required to mount and store work in it at the end of of every project but you will also need to present your portfolio at a later date to an external verifier, at the end of year show and at interviews for HE courses/employment. 

Similarly, your sketchbook will form a vital part of your course - both for practicals and assessments. Using your sketchbook should become a daily habit and you will be expected to use it for collecting and documenting research material; including drawing, painting, developing and resolving ideas for all projects. Sketchbooks are not just for beautiful work, they'll also be crammed full of visual information, numerous drawings, experiments and materials/techniques and reflective notes. 

Key Units

To complete the course, students must achieve 60 credits from the following units:

Mandatory Units
Academic Writing Skills - 3 credits.
Research Skills for Art & Design - 6 credits

Other Units
Exploring Media and Materials Development - 6 credits
Using a Workshop in Art, Craft & Design - 3 credits
Studio Practice - 9 credits
Contextual Studies - 6 credits
Preparation for Self-Directed Practice - 3 credits
Personal Project - 9 credits
Major Project - 9 credits
Preparing for Application & Interview at HE Level - 6 credits

Different units have different credit ratings emphasising the amount of work that is expected for each module. 

Entry Requirements

  • Grace C or above in GCSE English and Maths
  • You will be required to attend an interview as part of your application 


A combination of written assignments, projects and coursework

Where does this Lead

Successful completion of this course may lead to a further Art & Design qualification at the following levels:

  • Foundation Degree
  • HND Level 4
  • Higher Education Degree

Tell Me More

If you have any further questions or would like more information please contact: 

Greg Kurcewicz (Course Leader)

Extra Costs

A studio fee of £80