Access to Higher Education - Art and Design

Level 3 Diploma

Location Start Date Day Time Fees Duration
Malvern Hills 05-Sep-2017 Tue and Fri 09:30 - 16:30 * see below 1 Year(s)

What will I study?

You will study a broad based Access Art and Design Diploma, the only one currently available in the West Midlands in a nationally recognised School of Art. 

You will be taught by practising artists who are experienced tutors in studio settings.

The emphasis will be on making artwork in a variety of media. 

Your study will include practical workshops, discussion, work in learning teams, tutorials, individual research and trips to galleries and exhibitions. A variety of different project briefs will be set.

The Diploma is the equivalent to three A Levels in Art and is designed to provide entry to University for those who do not currently have the qualifications, confidence or portfolio to do so.

What modules are covered?

This course provides:

  • A broad introduction to a variety of art disciplines including drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, print making, bookbinding, digital imaging, mixed media and contextual studies, exploring both traditional and contemporary approaches
  • An introduction to researching ideas and presenting them to an audience
  • Help with completing UCAS forms and applying to university or art college
In the third term students will have the opportunity to produce an independent study, specialising in an art area of their choice, and exhibit work in a College exhibition at the end of the year.

What qualifications will I get?

Access to Higher Education Diploma: Art and Design

How will I be assessed?

All units are marked internally and moderated externally.  There are no examinations.  While you are getting used to academic work the first  units will be ungraded.  Full feedback will be given with each marked assignment to help you achieve your goals.  The final units will be graded to a Pass, Merit or Distinction. 

What is the entry process?

You can submit an application online by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button above.   For any further information you can contact the Malvern School of Art Administrator Katie Evans for further details on 01684 584553 or 

There are also opportunities to visit the College at an Open Event to find out more and apply in person – see for more information and to book your place.

What are the entry requirements?

Minimum qualifications: Not applicable

Because Access is designed for mature students who have had a break from Education no previous qualifications are required.  You will be invited to attend an interview and bring a portfolio.  You will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in art and the ability to work at Level 3 including competence in English language.

What else do I need to know?

Fee Remission 

Please be aware that Candidates who apply to pay for their Access to HE Diploma with an Advanced Learning Loan, and then successfully complete their subsequent University course, can have their outstanding loan written off. Please ask for more information about this at interview.

English and Maths

English and maths qualifications are vitally important for future employers and universities, so the government has made it a priority for students to improve these skills.

Entry Level / Level 1 and Level 2: We’re here to help you on your journey, so if you do not achieve grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths, then you will study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

Students who achieve a D grade will be placed on the relevant GCSE programme, while students who achieve an E or below will be assessed to ensure they are placed on the right study programme for their ability.

Level 3 programmes: You will need to meet the course entry requirements specified on the course information above. For the majority of our Level 3 courses, students will need grade A*-C in GCSE English and/or maths. If this is not specified in the course entry requirement, then you may be able to study English and/or maths as part of your college course.

What can I do after this course?

On successful completion students can go on to Art College, University or a career in the creative industries. Locally we have partnership agreements with both the University of Worcester and Hereford College of Arts. Recent graduates have gone on to study BA degrees in fine art, illustration, animation, jewellery design, artist blacksmithing and contemporary crafts. Increasingly students are taking Access courses to add to their CV to improve job prospects, or change careers.

The Malvern School of Art offers a Foundation Degree in Fine Art and Contemporary Craft.  Other Foundation Degrees and Top Up Degrees are available at our Leamington Spa site.

Got a question about this course?

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Course code



Course tuition fees are free for UK students under 19yrs.

All students may be charged for materials e.g. equipment, clothing etc.

UK students aged 19 and over will need to pay tuition fees as well as any materials, registration and exam fees. Some adults may be eligible for free tuition. Please contact us for more fee information.

We make every effort to ensure that these course details are accurate. Warwickshire College reserves the right to make alterations. Fees may be indicative at the time of publishing.

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