Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College
If you're looking to study art and design at degree-level, but have already achieved A Levels, this preparatory art and design course will help you build a strong portfolio of work you can use for your university application.
You will get an opportunity to try many aspects of art and design within the design pathway. The broad experience and skills you acquire on this course will help you to explore your own potential. You will study contemporary art theory and practice, and will learn traditional skills combined with experimental techniques, including exploring ground-breaking 2D and 3D design materials and processes. These will include skills in textiles, fashion illustration, drawing, colourwork, design development and presentation.
You will also participate in an end-of-year exhibition of work.
The framework of the course is broken down into three stages:
You will need:
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that the course is suitable for them.
If you have have significant professional or other qualifications and appropriate work experience you may be considered and are encouraged to apply, as are those wishing to formalise their experience, or update skills, knowledge and understanding. In addition, evidence of personal skills and qualities through your personal statement and references will be considered.
If you have gained previous qualifications outside of the UK, you will need equivalent qualifications to those above. The equivalence of qualifications from outside of the UK will be determined according to NARIC guidance.
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide an IELTS exam report with a score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each area) or equivalent English qualification.
If you are applying to study on a Tier 4 General Student Visa, you will require an IELTS for UKVI overall score of 6.0 (with minimum of 5.5 in each element).
You will be assessed continually through practical project work, coursework, written assignments and presentations. Practical assessment will include a final major project ending with a public exhibition of work.
If you will be aged 19 or older on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the cost of your course. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to a range of related degree courses and a wide range of careers.
Many of our students progress to university each year, including a high percentage to colleges within University of the Arts London (UAL), University for the Creative Arts (UCA), and Goldsmiths College.