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Art and Design

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    Ideal if: you want to explore, develop and test your creativity using a variety of art and design techniques.

    You’ll learn: a range of skills including drawing, painting and textiles, and create projects using wood, wire and a wide range of other materials.

    Expect: to be inspired to create your own style, experiment with a variety of techniques and specialise in an area of the expansive art and design industry.

    You’ll love: exploring a variety of art in our bright and airy studios.

    The course aims to inspire you to develop your own style and to specialise in an area of the expansive art and design industry.

    "Students make good progress as a result of engaging and well-designed teaching, learning and assessment” (Ofsted, 2016)

    Your studies will include:

    • Drawing and Painting

    • Textiles and Graphics

    • Projects using wood and wire

    This one year course offers learners the opportunity to study a variety of art and design skills and techniques.  The course is designed to give learners the skills needed to progress on to an extended diploma in a specialist area. The course involves educational visits and opportunities to work with employers around the county as part of the wider curriculum.

    Gloucestershire College has excellent facilities, and specialised staff with industry experience. You will take part in live assignment briefs and the College has close links with artists, such as PJ Crook (our honorary Vice President) and Russell Haines and many of our lecturers are exhibiting artists. You will enjoy large, light working spaces, print room, life drawing studio, photography studio and digital art suites (Mac and PC).


At Gloucestershire College we want students to develop their English and maths skills so that they achieve their learning goals and future career aims. For this reason all full-time students who have not achieved grade A* to C English language or maths GCSE will study these subjects as part of their course.

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Why Gloucestershire College?

We guide any ambitious and motivated person on their journey through education and their career, by providing the right environment that encourages and nurtures individual talents.

Our industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching team provide our students with the skills businesses truly need.

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.