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Access to Higher Education (Design and Fine Art) at Coleg Sir Gar

Course description

  • The course is taught by friendly and experienced staff
  • Support, guidance and regular feedback are provided in personal tutorials to encourage and motivate students who may initially lack confidence in the classroom
  • Students study key skills in communication and IT as well as units in their chosen area of specialisation
  • Drawing and Painting
  • 2D Design
  • 3D Design
  • Contextual Studies (History of Art)

Course content

Access courses are aimed especially at mature students wishing to prepare for higher education. Access courses may however accept students from the age of 16. They offer a second chance to students without formal qualifications or to students wishing to change career direction. In this course, a range of art disciplines from drawing and painting to 2D and 3D design and studying history of art topics are encouraged and developed. On successful completion students achieve a nationally recognised access to higher education diploma (equivalent in value to two A levels or a foundation course in art and design or a national diploma in art and design).

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required but entry is subject to interview.


Each module will be assessed through a combination of assignments, seminars, presentations, formal essay work and group discussion. Students may be assessed, and write their assignments in Welsh or English.

Future opportunities

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to apply for a degree courses in a related subject area.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Jobs Well Road is the main campus for art and design at the college with other related art courses also being accommodated at the Pibwrlwyd campus in Carmarthen and the Graig campus in Llanelli.

      The campus was originally designed as a purpose-built art facility and as a consequence has a unique and friendly art school ambience, dedicated to art and design activities.

      The campus is located next to the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David and shares some of the facilities with the university. There is a strong collaboration with the university and a joint school of Art, Film and Media. The campus provides students with a wide range of facilities for activities such as stone carving, metal forging and casting, wood carving, ceramics, textiles, painting and drawing, through to more high-tech activities in photography and fashion.

      There are state of the art facilities for computer-aided art and design work and there is also a unique facility for the laser welding and fastening of fashion/textiles garments that is part of the faculty's commercial activity and which exists in no other UK educational institution.

      The campus also houses the Henry Thomas Gallery, which is used for student and public exhibitions throughout the year and in particular is one of the venues for the faculty's large scale end of year student exhibitions. Students may also work outside and in the grounds of the campus where there are wood, stone and steel sculptures on display as well as works in progress, making it an exciting and creative place to be.