Art and Design, Fashion and Photography Courses

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.

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.

The School of Visual and Performing Arts at University Centre Colchester (UCC) offers Art and Design BA Hons programmes in subjects including photography, fashion and textiles, fine art and graphic design. The Higher Education Centre at UCC 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, drawing, photography, printmaking and sewing.

Full-time courses
Part-Time Courses
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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 2
Photography Level 3

Zak Smith, Graphic Arts Level 3

"My tutor’s enthusiasm and infectious love for animation is what I value the most; his experience in the industry is invaluable. I enjoy learning through exciting project briefs that challenge me to grow as an artist and animator."

Marselina Adeline, Art and Design Level 3

"Colchester Institute has helped me develop many of the skills I need in the art industry such as research and problem-solving skills, context knowledge and technical skills. My tutor always offers advice on how to get a higher level grade."

Aisha Gould, Animation and Illustration Level 3

"I chose Colchester Institute as it enabled me to study and work at the same time, allowing me to obtain experience in two industries. The tutors have been immensely helpful and I have had access to a lot of resources."

Leila Anderson Luck
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3

"What I like most about my course is how it provides such a wide range of resources in the workshops. There are endless materials and techniques that I never knew about or got the opportunity to use in the past."

Grace Wiggins
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3

"This course brought me out of my shell and helped me develop my art practice. I like the freedom given to us to explore and create whatever we want along with the workshop resources we can use."

Olivia Riley
Foundation Diploma in Art and Design Level 3

"The college is local to me, and it had a course I needed to progress my education. The college has a really welcoming environment and I really like the tutors, they are really supportive and there's a lot of freedom within my course."

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Clay Club
Interior Design Evening Class
Introduction to Risograph Printing
Print Club