Art and Design

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Prepare for a career in the art world with BCE’s leading Art and Design courses

Our Art and Design courses give you the opportunity to develop your technical skills in various art and design-related disciplines. This involves exploring materials, methods, and processes that will define your vision and style and help you find your progression routes in the industry.

BCE Art and Design students have access to studios stocked full of materials and tools so you can let your creativity flow.

Level 3 students will have the opportunity to develop on their existing skills while exploring different art and design disciplines.

Our Art and Design courses will secure you the necessary UCAS points to progress to University and study at a number of prestigious institutions or help you prepare for a career in the industry

226,000 jobs, 40% in London
Average Arts Council England grant to individual artists is £17,486
Arts and culture sector is worth £10bn
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Level 3 Art & Design

Level 3 Art & Design Duration: 2 Years

The course is for those that want to explore and push boundaries of what art is. Whether you know which creative industry you want to work in or you still don’t know, you will develop the skills necessary to take forward to many creative industries. You need to come with an explorer’s mind, wanting to develop solutions to possible outcomes that may not have been considered at first glance. Within your exploration, you will be experimenting with a variety of different techniques and materials that will broaden your skillset for your next chapter. You will be able to widen your skillset with a mix between traditional and non- traditional art techniques, whilst exploring and researching social and political issues that provide depth to your artworks. You will develop a variety of creative solutions to briefs that are underpinned by research and art techniques that support your career progression.

On this two-year course you will:

  • Understand the creative process
  • Develop creative practice and art skills
  • Research into specialist industry practice
  • Develop technical skills in art and design
Qualification: Level 3 UAL Diploma in Art and Design
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Entry Requirements: 5 GCSEs at grades 4-9 including English (or equivalent). A GCSE grade D(3) or Level 1 in Art and Design would be desirable.


Level 2 Art & Design

Level 2 Art & Design Duration: 1 Year

The UAL Level 2 Award and Diploma in Art and Design has been developed to provide students with an interest in art and design, with the opportunity to explore materials, methods and processes that support art and design activities, and to begin to develop some related technical skills. During this one-year course you will:

  • Explore materials, processes and technical skills in art and design
  • Conduct contextual research in art and design
  • Develop drawing skills
  • Build on communication skills in art and design
  • Solve 2D creative problems
  • Solve 3D creative problems
  • Solve time-based creative problems
  • Produce a personal project in art and design
Qualification: UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design
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Entry Requirements: 3 GCSEs at grade 3 or above including English (or equivalent). A GCSE grade D(3) or Level 1 in Art and Design would be desirable.
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All of our courses are free for 16-18 year olds and 19-23 if the funding criteria is met. To discuss this further, email:

Why study with us?

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Develop your skills Equip yourself with the skills needed for in-demand jobs in the industry, working to real-world briefs
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State-of-the-Art The most up to date industry-standard equipment allows your ability to shine
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Proven success Many of our students progress into careers in London’s exciting creative economy or go on to study at top universities


Vocational success rate for Academy learners


of BCE Level 3 learners progress to University


of BCE apprentices progress into careers in London’s creative economy

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Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a 16 to 19 academy based in Walthamstow. The academy opened in September 2014 and offers study programmes for students aged 16 to 19 in subjects to prepare them primarily for further study or employment in the creative industries.

Teachers have very good subject knowledge and industrial experience, as well as strong commercial links with practitioners and employers; they use these effectively to help inspire students and provide a strongly vocational context to their development.

All staff work closely with students to help them overcome any barriers to learning, to assure their health and welfare, to maintain good behaviour and a positive work ethic; as a result, students feel safe and are able to achieve their potential.

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