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    Contemporary Art and Illustration

    Contemporary Art and Illustration | Level 3 | P12360

    Study options

    How to study

    Full Time

    Start Dates

    Start Date

    September 2024



    1 or 2 Years



    Burton Town Centre Campus

    • Course overview

      This is a two year study programme which is equivalent to 3 A Levels, however a one year option is also available which is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. Both programme years will accrue UCAS points should your chosen progression route be a UK university.

      If you are unsure which option is right for you, this can be discussed with the Course Leader during your recruitment interview or alternatively with our professionally qualified Careers Guidance Team. To speak to our Careers Guidance Team about your course choices, career aspirations, employment goals or university options, then please drop in to the Learner Hub,  call us on 01283 494473/494474 or email us at   

      This course will enable you to gain the skills and experience to progress within the contemporary arts industries, covering fine art, illustration and visual communication. 

      You will be introduced to a wide range of techniques, materials and processes supported with contextual studies, and explore both digital and physical methodologies such as painting, drawing, printmaking and illustration. 

      You will also attend guest lectures, galleries and gain experience through live projects, competitions and external exhibitions.

    • Fees and Costs

      Educational entitlements or fee concessions are solely based on the individual programme and nationally set eligibility criteria. To see if you qualify for fee concessions then please visit the 'what will I pay' section of our website. You may be surprised what you are entitled to!

      • Course Fees Examination & Registrations
      • 16-18 School Leaver info FREE Course fee IncludedExam & Registration fee
      • 19-23 Educational Entitlement info £8583.00Course fee £195.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Part Funded info £8583.00 Course fee £195.00Exam & Registration fee
      • 19+ Fully Funded info £8583.00Course fee £195.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • 24+ Fully Funded info £8583.00Course fee £195.00 Exam & Registration fee
      • Full Cost info £8583.00Course fee £195.00Exam & Registration fee

      Payment methods

      • Payment in Full (Credit Card / Debit Cards / Cash) accepted
      • Employer Sponsored accepted
      • Direct Debit Instalments accepted
      • Advanced Learning Loan accepted
      • Student Finance English Loan (HE) not accepted

      For International Learners

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      Call us: 01283 494757 or 01283 494472

      Visit us: Chat to the Financial Support Team in the Learner Hub
      Just drop-in, Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


      Further Education Programme Only: The College reserves the right to change or amend, at any time, any of the course details including but not limited to; content, dates, times, venues, tutor, fees payable, concessions available, terms or conditions.

    • Entry requirements

      Applicants will be expected to have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade 4 including either English or maths
      (or) A level 2 subject specific qualification including a level 2 or equivalent in either English or maths

      (or) Equivalent occupational experience including level 2 or equivalent in English or maths

      Applicants are required to submit 10 images of recent work; this could include developmental/sketchbook work and finished pieces. Each image can have up to 100 characters of supporting explanatory text. Submissions can be made in PowerPoint/Word/PDF formats and have a file size no larger than 20mb.

    • What modules will I study?
      • Communication through art and design
      • Contextual influences in art and design
      • Generating fine art ideas
      • Ideas and concepts in art and design
    • How will I be assessed?

      You will be assessed periodically on your understanding of each topic through a range of practical and written assessments.

    • What can I do next?

      Previous students have exhibited at a range of local venues, including Sharpes Pottery and the WhyNot Gallery, as well as created wall murals for community groups. Students have also won the Melbourne Arts Emerging Talent award.

      Upon completion of the course, you can enter the industry at a junior level or continue into higher education to study contemporary art and illustration at degree level. 

    Apply now!

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    Contact Details

    Burton and South Derbyshire College
    Tel: 01283 494400

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