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Art and Design Pathway at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

This course provides an exciting, well-established and challenging programme that helps adults of any age to engage and build confidence in their interest in Art & Design and often helps them to make aspirational and life-changing decisions about their futures. The course work is broad and varied to help students develop ideas and skills that pinpoint this progression and assist them to build a new and focussed portfolio suited to their interests. 1 year programme: The course runs from September to June. It usually comprises studio work carried out in college, spread over 5 days. Students are also expected to spend an average of at least 5 hours a week on unsupervised work. 2 year programme: For those with limited time or family commitments, the course can be taken over 2 years. Attendance is 2 days a week at college, between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm, plus some work at home is required. The course content is the same as for full-time students but is spread over 2 years.

Course content

You have the opportunity to explore a range of different disciplines, this enables you to explore the scope of creative art and design education and to build practical and creative skills to develop your own creative tool kit.

The core of the course is based on drawing and contextual studies. Diagnostic periods of study are allocated to painting, 3D work, textile design, printmaking, 3D, ceramics, graphics, illustration and photography. One-to-one and group tutorials will help you to coordinate and organise your work. An important part of the tutorials is to assemble a portfolio of your work, including sketchbooks, notebooks and other evidence of study or creative activity, all of which could be submitted as part of an application for a Higher Education Art & Design course or for employment or to support an application to an exhibition.

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are necessary, although students will need to bring a portfolio of work to the interview. You may be eligible for the course if you:

  • Have not previously undertaken higher education in Art & Design;
  • Even if you do not have A Level or GCSE qualifications;
  • Have been made redundant or you are unemployed or looking for a career change.


The course is validated and moderated by APT Awards on behalf of the nationally recognised Access course scheme. Your final assessment is based on an ongoing assessment of all coursework units, and a final exhibition of your work.

Future opportunities

Typically, this course leads to further study on academic or vocational courses at a university level and, ultimately, to a career within the Creative Industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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