Art and Design, Fashion and Photography Courses

If you’re highly creative, dynamic and self-motivated…

Our Art and Design, Fashion and Photography Courses courses are delivered by tutors with extensive experience in the visual arts sector and their professional expertise is valued by our students. We believe that people learn best when they work together, engaging in the process of debate and dialogue, instruction and construction.

Our focus is on developing an environment where your imagination and creativity can flourish, in studios and workshops that are equipped to offer you the opportunity to express and realise your ideas and ambitions.

Career options include:

  • Animator
  • Artist
  • Concept Artist
  • Fashion Designer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photographer
  • Stylist

There are excellent facilities including studio spaces for painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and printmaking, as well as dark rooms. Further Education study programmes are offered across a wide range of art and design subjects and the Hay Gallery provides a versatile exhibition space for displaying students’ work.

One of the things I enjoy most about the course is that we’re able to exhibit our work to a wider audience and experiment with different mediums. My final piece is a 3D wallpaper design aimed at those who are visually impaired which involves touch as well as sight.

Shannah – Art and Design (Progressed from: The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form)

On successful completion of our level 3 courses applicants will have the opportunity to progress onto a wide range of art and design related degree courses at university. The School of Visual and Performing Arts at University Centre Colchester (UCC) also offers BA Hons programmes in fine art. The Higher Education Centre at University Centre Colchester provides a great range of specialist facilities for Colchester School of Art students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.

There is also a range of popular short courses offered by The School of Art in areas including ceramics, interior design, photography and printmaking.

Full-time Courses

Animation and Illustration Level 3
Art and Design Level 2
Art and Design Level 3
Fashion, Textiles and Costume Level 3
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3
Graphic Design and Branding Level 3
Photography Level 3

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Event AssistantLevel 3 Apprenticeship

Short Courses and Workshops

An Introduction to Studio Photography
Clay Club
Colchester Sewing Bee
Improving Digital Content Creation
Print Club