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Access to Higher Education: Art and Design

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    1 year

  • Start Date
    September 2019

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2019, Full Time


Do you enjoy drawing, being creative, thinking about the visual? Would you like to extend your ideas and develop a range of skills? Are you interested in eventually studying for a degree in art and design? If you have had some recent involvement with art and design, and enjoy independent learning this could be the course for you.

Evidence of working from observation and first-hand material through drawing and painting - we welcome the use of any media when drawing and painting. Use of colour in your work. Development of a project - looking at how you research, experiment, develop and resolve an idea or body of work
Evidence of looking at and referencing other artists and designers who have influenced you. Any of the following if you have experience of these: printmaking, 3D work - sculpture and modelling, textiles - work with cloth and materials, collage, mixed media work. We would like to see the original works rather than copies or images on digital media (phones, tablets, memory sticks). A piece of writing about an exhibition you have visited in the last six months to one year. (Up to one side of A4, word processed). As this is a level 3 course you will need to be ready to work at this level.

You will spend two days a week in our well-equipped studios working with enthusiastic and committed tutors, who are all practicing artists, across a range of disciplines. You will also study Contextual Studies for 2.5 hours/week which will help prepare you for the theoretical element of all degree courses. It will include lectures, discussion groups, essays and practical work. Our aim is to help you develop a critical awareness of why you do what you do rather than just showing you how to do something.

Why Our College?

Developed with employers and progression in mind

All courses have been developed with employers and progression in mind, and many are part of the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership's 10 priority sectors

Widely recognised by Universities

Access to Higher Education courses are widely recognised by UK universities and colleges, 24,000 Access to HE students are accepted at over 140 universities every year.

Financial Support

City College Norwich offers flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost of fees. You can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan and bursaries are available to support childcare and travel costs

Entry Requirements

Applicants should be able to show examples of recent work done over the last three years, including drawings, and evidence of your enthusiasm in any other medium. All applicants will be interviewed and asked to bring a written review of an exhibition or visual arts programme seen recently. Interviews run from February – July. Please apply as early as possible as the course is in demand. Applications from students whose first language is not English are welcome. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading), the required minimum is: • IELTS (SELT): 6.0 overall (minimum 5.5 in all components) • Or GCSE English A*-C /4-9 or equivalent • Or equivalent qualification. Please contact the Advice Shop for advice and guidance International candidates are also actively encouraged to access the International Students webpage.


Assessment is seen as a positive process. Your work will be assessed throughout the course, both internally and by an external moderator. At the end of each studio module you will present a folder of work for discussion and grading. The final major project is exhibited as part of the Arts Festival at City College in June/July which is open to the public. The Contextual Studies units are assessed through essays, presentations and practical work. In order to gain a full Access Certificate, you must pass all the course units. The course is divided into three stages: The first stage introduces you to skills and new ways of thinking about observation drawing, painting, textiles, 3-dimensional design, printmaking and an introductory project. The project will help you to develop, analyse, evaluate, sustain and resolve your ideas. The second stage consists of a thematic and self-elected project, which you can develop in any media or direction than you wish in consultation with your tutors. The third stage consists of a final major project which gives you the opportunity to design, plan and take much more responsibility for the direction of your work. As part of the course there are study trips to galleries and museums.


Over the past 17 years, past students have successfully gained places on a wide variety of BA and MA art and design courses, both nationally and in Europe.

Career Progression

Successful students aiming at self-employment have set up their own studios. Some students have also used the course to enhance their employment prospects in the creative industries.


Please contact the Advice Shop for information on fees and financial support which may be available. We recommend you also check our Finance pages for further information including student travel offers.