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The Arts & Media Campus at Kendal College is widely respected and has an excellent record of producing talented and successful creative students.

From fine artists, textiles, product, graphic and fashion designers to photographers, illustrators and animators, there are so many varied careers that an art & design course can help to launch. Our qualifications allow students to achieve places at top universities and progress into employment within the creative industry. The London College of Fashion, Goldsmiths University of London, The Royal School of Needlework Hampton Court, University of Arts London, Manchester Metropolitan University, Northumbria University and Glasgow School of Art are just a selection of the fantastic providers where our students have gone on to achieve success after studying art & design.

Our Arts & Media Campus is the jewel in the college’s creative crown. Our passionate tutors have a wealth of experience, strong industry links and teach all the latest skills and techniques in vibrant, exciting spaces. Facilities include industry-standard software and equipment within specialist workshops and creative spaces. This includes the new Wildman Street Studios, which houses multidisciplinary studio spaces, a photographic studio and a professional gallery space.

Our students have long-standing success in skills shows and competitions, completing craft placements in places like Iceland and Cyprus and exhibiting alongside world-class artists at the Abbot Hall Gallery, Blackwell Arts and Crafts house and Brewery Arts Centre. Students are actively encouraged and supported to enter competitions and work with clients on industry-led project assignments, which help increase their future aspirations.

There is a wide range of part-time, full-time and degree-level courses available to study in art & design at Kendal College.

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I’ve been able to progress onto university which I don’t think would have been possible straight after A-Levels. The colleges awarding body, University Arts London, is held in high esteem by many universities.

Sky Alderson, Art & Design Foundation

Learning Services.

If you have an identified learning need and feel you may require support at college, find out about our Learning Services and the support available at college.

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Meet your tutor

Sorrel Stratford

Since studying Visual Arts at the University of Wales, I have continued to be involved in all aspects of the creative world. My goal in teaching is to nurture each and every student to reach their full potential and the range and scope of our art and design specialisms at Kendal College enables students to progress onto their creative degree of choice or move confidently into the creative industries.

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Mike Howard

Because our courses are so broad, students are able to experiment with a wide range of techniques and processes, from drawing and illustration to fine art, textiles and 3D design. They have the opportunity to experience a different, more professional approach to the subject.

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Dave Willis

Professional photography has been the focus of my life and has given me amazing, unique and sometimes life-changing opportunities and experiences. Teaching enables me to influence and expand the lives of so many students who may go on to experience and create even greater things for themselves. The opportunity to provide a launch pad for our photography students gives me great satisfaction and a real sense of pride in what we do.

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Amy Hebson

After studying Contemporary Craft at The University of Central Lancashire, I completed my PCGE in 2006 and began my teaching career. I work across Level 2 and Level 3 programmes, specialising in textiles and ceramics. I thoroughly enjoy introducing students to new materials and techniques and seeing their skills and confidence grow.

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Art & Design
Full-time 2 Sept 2022 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

The Level 2 UAL Diploma in Art and Design has been designed as an introductory programme that will help you to develop practical skills in Art and Design. You will develop your research skills, your personal confidence, and learn about progression opportunities in the Art and Design industries. There will be opportunities to learn skills within drawing, 2D design, printmaking, photography, textiles, sculpture, 3D design and digital media. You will have access to a wide range of workshops from 3D, printmaking, photography, fashion & textiles as well as a variety of apple mac suites.

Art & Design
Full-time 3 Sept 2022 2 Years

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This is a creative two-year course that allows you to discover a wide range of visual arts media. The course develops your creativity, developing your idea generation skills along with practical and technical workshops. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the art and design sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts.

Art & Design Foundation
Full-time 3 Sept 2022 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Art and Design BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts. Our goal is to provide the creative groundwork on which you can base the rest of your professional life. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging. Learners develop knowledge, understanding and skills required by the sector, including essential employability skills, and apply them in real work contexts. Students will regularly work with outside businesses on live projects and exhibit in external venues.

Art & Design Foundation (Photography)
Full-time 3 Sept 2022 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This pre-degree course prepares you to apply with confidence for a place on any Photography or Lens based BA (Hons) degree course. This is an intensive, creative course that promotes and stimulates inventive and experimental analysis of the arts. Our goal is to provide the creative groundwork on which you can base the rest of your professional life. Your experience will be rich, diverse and challenging.

Photography & Film
Full-time 2 Sept 2022 1 Year

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

The Level 2 UAL Diploma in Film & Photography has been designed as an introductory programme that will help you to develop practical skills in film-making and photography. You will develop your research skills, your personal confidence, and learn about progression opportunities in the photographic and film industries.

You will have the opportunity to try a wide range of traditional film and digital photography skills and you will work with video to learn about documentary film-making. You will have access to a photography studio and darkrooms to try out a range of experiments with photography and printing.

Portrait Photography
Part-time N/A 28th Mar 2022 1 Day

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

Portrait photography is the mainstay of professional and aspiring photographers. Professional magazine photographer and teacher Dave Willis, will introduce you to the techniques and lighting secrets behind successful portraiture. From natural light on location to classic lighting in the studio, this workshop will show you how it's done.

Creative Writing
Part-time N/A 31st Jan 2022 8 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

This course will explore starting points and finding inspiration as part of your journey towards making your writing lively and engaging.

Fashion Pattern Cutting
Part-time N/A 22nd Feb 2022 6 Weeks

Campus: Arts & Media Campus (AMC)

If you want to make your own sewing patterns but don't know where to begin, then this course is a great place to start. You will learn the process of making a pattern. It will help you to create a pattern block using precise measurements to make a sewing pattern. You can add your own style details to a pattern and enjoy what you can create for yourself.