Course information

With over 100 courses each term there is plenty of choice, whether you are a beginner wanting to learn the basics of drawing, or an experienced student needing studio time and the advice of an expert tutor. We also offer taster courses at the beginning of each term if you are at all uncertain about committing yourself to a full term. Also look out for our half term and summer school intensive courses over 3 – 5 days.


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 Summer Term 2017

Summer Term 2017

Summer Half Term 2017

Summer Half Term 2017

Summer School 2017

Summer School 2017

Term dates:
Summer 2017
Tuesday 18 April – Saturday 15 July 2017
Half term Monday 29 May – Sunday 3 June 2017

Summer School 2017
 Monday 17 April – Friday 4 August 2017

Autumn 2017
 Monday 18 September- Saturday 16 December 2017
Half term Monday 23 – Sunday 29 October 2017

Term Dates

Term dates: Wednesday 4 January – Saturday 1 April 2017

Half term dates: Monday 13 – Sunday  19 February 2017

Tuesday 18 April – Sat 15 July 2017

Half term dates: Monday 29 May – Saturday 4 June 2017

Taster Courses

At the start of the Summer Term we are running a series of one-off taster courses. Taster courses are particularly useful if you are in any way unsure about signing up and committing yourself to a course without knowing quite enough about its content and delivery style.  Each of the tasters is linked to a particular course which runs at the same time the following week. We are able to offer these courses at the reduced price of £10.

Summer term 2017 combined

STOP PRESS: Tuesday 28th March 2017

Diploma Course open evening 5.30pm-6.30pm

To find out all about the two year part-time Diploma course in Art & Design. Come along to meet the tutors and some of the current students. To book your place please contact us on

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 21st February, Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th April 2017.

Please contact us for an application form:

Diploma in Art and Design

The courses provide specialist, structured study for students interested in contemporary visual arts. You will be guided by a team of tutors to make the most of your studies with the aim of producing work of a high standard.

What you will learn

It will be a chance to find out your strengths and aptitudes and give you a grounding in the basic elements, concepts and materials of fine art and design practise.

The courses will encourage experimentation and allow for exploration of a range of media and approaches, giving you the opportunity to develop your interests and your artistic “voice”.

Course outline

Who is the course for?

This programme is designed for those wishing to develop their artistic practice over a sustained period of time.

Course content

In the first year you will be encouraged to explore a range of media, and in the second year there will be the chance to specialise in a chosen area.

By the end you will have put together a professionally presented portfolio, and exhibited your work as part of a group show at a local gallery.

Your portfolio will be suitable for gaining entry to a BA degree course.

Modes of study

The Diploma in Art and Design are offered part-time. You will be required to attend two core subjects plus a third subject of your choice each term.

Time commitment

The time commitment is nine hours per week in course time and up to three hours study at home per week in order to complete projects.

Entry requirements

You will be asked to attend a short interview, to discuss your previous experience, and examples of work, though your enthusiasm and commitment will be the most important entry criteria.

At the interview please be prepared to discuss how you will manage your existing commitments to enable you to attend the course.

Course details

You will be required to attend two core courses – the visual studies course on Tuesdays and the contextual studies course on Thursdays – which will equip you with the fundamental theories and practices of art and design.


You will be offered guidance on your own areas of specialism from a list of options, which include:

  • Printmaking – etching
  • Screenprinting  
  • Oil painting  
  • Experimental media
  • Digital art and design  
  • Ceramics  

Courses are taught by a team of tutors with professional specialist knowledge in the subjects.

The courses include regular visits to contemporary exhibitions and galleries.

Each term you will be offered an individual tutorial and a group seminar to discuss your progress with the course tutor.

At the end of the course you will take part in a group exhibition.

How much will it cost?

Course fees are paid in advance each term.

Reductions are offered to residents of the borough who are over 60 years or in receipt of benefits.