New top accreditation for Kendal College creative students

20 Oct 2015

A new leading accreditation is now available to Kendal College’s creative students from this 2015/2016 term. 

The College, due to its excellent reputation, was formally invited by the University of the Arts London (UAL) to apply for approval of their accreditation scheme for its 11 current creative and performing arts courses.

UAL is the only specialist art, design, and creative industries awarding organisation in England and works with universities, further education colleges and sixth form colleges under a rigorous approval process.

The qualifications on offer have been designed in collaboration with leading industry specialists and universities, and will provide students with the required knowledge, skills, and understanding should they wish to progress to degree level study in specialist arts subjects.

Currently students are able to study courses such as Art & Design, Film Production,  Performing Arts and Theatre & Event Technology at Levels 2 and 3 at Kendal College. However, from 2016, there are plans to introduce more courses up to HNC/HND (Level 5) and Degree level (Level 6).

Matt Burke, Head of Creative Arts at Kendal College, and who now sits on the UAL curriculum steering group, said: “There is no better awarding body to be working with than UAL, so when they approached us, we were delighted to meet with them and discuss how we could further develop our courses to benefit our students.

“The courses are project-led, which gives our students the chance to work on large scale projects including those in partnership with businesses and arts organisations across the region. Students are expected to work at a professional and technically challenging level, which provides them with the essential skills they need to carry on to degree level study or to secure employment within the creative industries.”

Kendal College is currently carrying out extensive redevelopment on its Wildman Street studios, which is due to be completed in early 2016. The new studios will form a key part of the College’s Northern Arts & Media Campus and will offer new modern facilities, an improved learning environment, and a range of new courses and apprenticeships.