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Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Art & Design (Photography, Fashion & Graphics)

Mode of study Vocational Full-time
Duration 2 Years
Campus English Bridge Campus
Start date September 2020
Course code FLR3ANE (2022)
  • Who is it for?

    Since 1855, Shrewsbury School of Art has established an enviable reputation. To continue this proud tradition, we are currently seeking new artists and designers, passionate about reaching their full potential. The programme provides a nationally recognised Level 3 qualification designed to equip individuals with the knowledge, skills and understanding required for success in higher education, and ultimately the creative industries. Most students choose to extend their studies at renowned ‘first-choice’ Universities, choosing from a wide range of Degree courses related to Art & Design.

  • Entry Requirements

    You will require a minimum of four GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above, preferably including English Language and an Art subject, or Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design, at Merit, and a portfolio of art and design work.

  • What does the course involve?

    Over two years, this course embraces all aspects of 2D and 3D Art & Design and provides learners with a clear framework for their professional development providing the intellectual, academic and subject-specific skills required for them to define their own professional practice. Progressively, learners are encouraged to cross boundaries and develop a wide range of skills in painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, graphics, textiles, and 3D design. Moreover, each year learners visit many exhibitions, galleries and are offered the opportunity to enjoy a residential contextual studies trip to a European capital.

  • How much does it cost?

    Students have to provide their own materials. Please note, Art & Design materials are expensive and there will be on going costs throughout the year. A contribution towards educational visits may also be requested.

  • Additional Notes

    You will gain an exciting and diverse portfolio of work from a wide range of specialist areas which will equip you when applying to Higher Education creative degree courses and help pave the way for a future career as a professional artist or designer. The lecturing staff are encouraging and supportive on this very lively, demanding and enjoyable course.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 342346 or email:

Georgia Hudson

Georgia Hudson

Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art & Design
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art is the subject that I felt most passionate about and I wanted to study it as a vocational course because I felt A Levels were not for me. I work on art whenever I can, at College and at home. I especially love working with charcoal and I was given the freedom to use this medium often. 

Rhianne Stubbs

Rhianne Stubbs

A Level Fine Art (Biology and English Literature)
Previous Institution: Priory School

Art at Shrewsbury Colleges Group is so expansive, it’s not just all about portraiture. Your ideas can be endless and the teachers allow you to explore all forms. I really enjoy A Level Art, it’s something I do at College and a hobby for me at home.

Amy Smith

Amy Smith

Printmaking Workshop

I have learnt many new techniques whilst on the printmaking course with Jay. We have been able to explore individual ideas with just the right amount of support and guidance in a relaxed and creative environment. I am excited to continue printing at home, having discovered a process I love.

Megan Butler

Megan Butler

A Level Fine Art (Graphic Communication, Spanish)
Previous Institution: Bishop's Castle Community College

The A Level course is so much more in-depth than GCSE – which is great. I will be taking a gap year and travelling, then I would like to explore Interior Design as a career. My final pieces focused on architecture and windows using stencils and digital art. Digital art is something that I really appreciated learning about.

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Career Options

  • Arts officers, producers and directors

    Up to £44,000

  • Graphic designers

    Up to £32,000


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