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5 Reasons Why You Should Study an Art & Design Course

Updated: 06/01/2017

Our wide range of Art and Design courses are some of the best around, and this January we have part-time courses starting in Silversmithing & Metal Jewellery, Drawing, Painting and Pottery & Ceramics. Here are our top 5 reasons why you should take us up on our offer!

5 Reasons Why You Should Study an Art & Design Course


At The Sheffield College we have built a fantastic reputation as one of the best for studying Design and Visual Arts courses. Our diverse range of courses and expert tutors, many of whom still work in the industry, puts us in a great position to help nurture, improve and refine your creative skills, or help develop new ones.

Sheffield – The Creative City

Sheffield’s history may have been in steel manufacture but its future is the creative arts. From small art galleries and design shows to graphic design agencies producing work from converted industrial buildings, Sheffield has one of the fastest growing creative industries in the UK. The scene is diverse and the opportunities plentiful.

Leading agencies such as [x] and [x] base themselves in Sheffield and the Workstation provides a creative hub for local agencies putting on workshops for all. This sense of a creative community is certainly growing in Sheffield and creative meet-ups are becoming more common. Be part of the movement!

Top Class Facilities

Really good art facilities are hard to come by but we know they’re essential to allowing your creativity to blossom. At The Sheffield College we have some of the best in the city.

For all courses we have industry-standard machinery and equipment. But we also know it’s how the artist uses that equipment what really matters!

Sell Your Products at the Touch of a Button

The internet has opened up a whole new world, a whole new marketplace, for you creative folk.  No longer do you have to reply upon exhibitions and ‘getting the word out’ about your products for them to sell as we know how time consuming that can be.

Whether you choose to put your new skills to use as a career or just a hobby, there are many creative outlets online such as Etsy and Pinterest which allow direct sale of your products - as well as at the aforementioned community gatherings.

Art Breeds Happiness

It’s true! Art provides stimulus to parts of the brain other subjects don’t reach. It makes you look at things in a new light, from a different perspective. It gives you the chance to express yourself creatively, express the seemingly inexpressible and gives you a sense of fulfilment.

The thing with those who do art is that it gives them genuine enjoyment. There’s something magical about the way the pottery wheel spins or how a smear of a pencil can give a drawing a totally new meaning. A new effect. It taps into your imagination and provides a creative outlet.

We know it’ll be your favourite course already!

Provides Enhanced Skill Sets

Art enhances fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, lateral thinking, complex analysis and critical thinking skills. Whether you choose to pursue art as a career path, or you’re studying as a hobby, these transferrable skills gained will help you in all walks of life.

It’s no secret that materials that are arranged and presented in an eye-catching manner have an upper-hand on those which are not!