Visual Arts & Design & Fashion, Styling & Textiles

Visual Arts & Design/Fashion Styling & Textiles (UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication)

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Creative and passionate students are welcomed to the Visual Arts and Design department. You will study traditional and contemporary techniques in visual arts, sculpture, drawing, painting illustration, community art, textiles, photography, digital design, graphic design, film making and fine art.

We have launched a new route at Post 16 exploring Fashion, Styling and Textiles. We deliver a vocational qualification that enables students to gain a greater understanding of the creative industries through exciting live briefs.


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Course Information

If you want to enter a career in visual arts and design this course aims to give you the practical skills and knowledge to do this. You will develop your techniques in drawing and life drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, web design, textiles, photography, live art, graphics, fashion, film making and many more areas of art. 

Route One: Visual Arts & Design

Explores a variety of technical skills within: Fine art (sculpture, painting & drawing), photography/film, print, graphics and illustration.

Route Two: Fashion, Styling & Textiles

Explores a variety of technical skills with a fashion focus from: Textiles, pattern cutting, machining, print, photography, styling, fashion illustration, editorial and graphic design.

 At the end of your course you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication equivalent to 3 A Levels.

How Do I Apply

For Route One: Visual Arts & Design, please answer these questions online:


What art and design materials and processes have you used in your previous work (this could be digital)? Why have you chosen these?


Tell us about your previous art and design experiences, in and out of school. 


Which artists, crafts, people or designers have you been inspired by? How have these influenced your work?


Choose a piece of work by an artist or designer and describe what you understand about it.

For Route Two: Fashion Styling & Textiles, please answer these questions online:


What sewing and/or textile techniques have you had experience in before? How have you applied these?


Tell us about your previous fashion and textiles  experiences, in and out of school. 


Tell us about your fashion and /or textiles interests and inspirations. How have you incorporated this into your work?


Choose a historical or contemporary garment, collection or practitioner and describe what their work means to you. 

Student Experience

Visual Arts and Design has extensive facilities with studios that cater for 2D and 3D work. These facilities range from textiles, screen printing, photography studio/darkroom, and Mac & PC suite for digital manipulation. All projects have a vocational focus that offer opportunities to work with outside agencies as well as other departments within the School on community art projects.

We encourage all students to proactively exhibit their work, both at school and externally. We support the curriculum with enrichment projects, so students have the opportunity to consider their work in a wider professional context. Students can choose from a variety of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding or feed their entrepreneurial spirit.

The School has excellent links with external creative partners, which enables our students the opportunity to work on creative projects outside of the studio environment. Gallery visits are an important part of students' learning and we endeavour to make this a prominent part of the experience.

We have worked with organisations and brands including Alice Made This, Dr Martens, forpeople, The Royal Academy, Royal Bank of Canada, UAL and we offer Host Workshops delivered by our alumni who are working in the industry.


What Qualities Do I Need?

We believe those students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for arts and design and a passion to be a creative thinker, with the ability to overcome boundaries and challenges will be suitable candidates for this course.

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