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Access to Creative Arts at Truro and Penwith College

Course description

It is aimed at adult learners who would like the opportunity to retrain in art and design. The course will enable you to gain a broad understanding of subjects within the art and design framework giving students the knowledge, skills and understanding to explore, develop and test their creativity in areas such as fine art, drawing, painting, ceramics, glass, mixed media image creation, specialist design software, textile processes, printmaking and photography. The course will equip you with the opportunity to identify the area of specialism most tailored to your aspirations and ability. There will also be a structured programme of contextual studies which explore art movements and cultural issues associated with your study of art and design practice.

Course content

During the course you will be taught required skills across a range of common art and design areas. You will learn how to extend your creative approach to the use and manipulation of a broad range of materials, processes and 'making' skills, as well as how to use tools, equipment and materials appropriate to the required production techniques. The year is structured to allow you to shape an individual route to build your practical skills and creative potential through a series of themed projects, culminating in a Final Major Project and exhibition. You will also work on assignments to generate evidence, produce contextual and historical research, research idea development and show evidence of creative problem solving. This course is the ideal preparation for entry into a diverse range of higher education courses and careers within the creative industries.

Entry requirements

You will need to fill in an application form and then be invited to the College for an interview where you will have the opportunity to discuss the various courses. Qualifications are not necessary to join the course, just motivation, determination and a desire to apply for a University course in the following year. We welcome mature students from a range of different backgrounds.
Please note that fees may be payable for Access courses.


The course is made up of 20 units, each with its own assessment criteria. Each completed practical project is graded against one or more units.

Future opportunities

The Access to Higher Education programme is designed to give students the necessary grounding to progress on to Higher Education courses. The college has an excellent record of student progression to Degree level study. The majority of British Universities will accept Access to Higher Education courses as an alternative to A Levels and other more traditional routes. Students can apply for places on FdA and BA (Hons) courses in areas such as fine art, photography, contemporary crafts, interior design, 3D design, illustration, graphics and visual communication, fashion design and digital visualisation.
We offer a one year HNC and a two year HND in Art and Design (Fine Art and Contemporary Crafts).

Further information

We encourage all students to read widely and conduct their own research into the world of art and design. Visits to galleries and exhibitions form a key part of broadening your knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary practice.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Truro and Penwith College directly.

Last updated date: 15 June 2016

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