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Design objects that fulfil a real need or create things which are thought-provoking and visually appealing. Working through a range of materials and outcomes will enable you to choose your ideal pathway for further study. Our courses are perfect for progression to university or employment in industry. Our Foundation Art and Design course is awarded by the University of the Arts London – the only specialist art and design awarding body.

We live in a visual world where everything we consume can be linked to the creative industries in some way; from advertising, design, visual arts, film, TV, animation, photography, computer games, interactive media, illustration, fashion, interior design, theatre, dance, music, set design and jewellery. An artist or designer is instrumental in the creation of each and every product.

Our specialist full and part-time courses include Levels 2 and 3 Diplomas in Art and Design, Level 3 Photography and the Level 3 / 4 UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. HNC and HND courses are also available in Art and Design and Photography. Our professional workshops provide a vibrant and stimulating environment in which to access great resources as well as tap into the skills of our specialist tutors, many being practising professional artists and designers with extensive links in industry.

Over two million people in the UK are employed in the creative industries, which range from architecture to advertising and fashion to film and constitute one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK. Young British artists and designers are at the forefront of the world’s creative industries.

The final major project is definitely the best bit about the course. We get to bring together all of the skills and ideas we have been working on throughout the year and work independently on a project that is of our own making.

Amy Austin
Level 3/4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design

Student Success

Students have exhibited at a variety of venues including an art exhibition in support of local young artists at Weston Park and at the University of Arts London, Origins II Exhibition - a prestigious show at Chelsea School of Art showcasing the very best work nationally.

Past Students

Former students include portrait painter, Peter Edwards, winner of the prestigious international BP Portrait Award, who completed the Art Foundation course at the College. He has many portrait paintings in the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery. Ed Barber OBE of Barber Osgerby (Olympic Torch 2012 designers), Rae Smith (award winning National Theatre set-designer and designer of War Horse set), Helen Foot (weaver and freelance designer for Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen) and Robert Mahoney (Senior Designer for Graphic Thought Facility in London) are all Shrewsbury College art graduates.

Career Options

Career options and national starting averages include:

  • Product Designer £18,000+
  • Art Editor £18,000+

You could move on to be an:

  • Art Therapist £40,000+
  • Advertising Art Director £50,000+
  • Graphic Designer £30,000+
  • Interior Designer £40,000+

Source: National Careers Service