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Access to HE Diploma – Creative Arts (19+)

Do you want a career in the creative arts, such as fine artist, illustrator, graphic designer, photographer or interior designer to name just a few? Our Fast Track to University course for those aged 19+ can get you on the relevant Degree in 1 year.

We support mature students with few formal qualifications but with life experience and help to create pathways to life-changing opportunities. Many adults have the potential and ability to study for a Degree or professional qualification but have been unable to do so because their education was disrupted due to family, financial, social or personal circumstances. The Fast Track to University course is a great way for mature students to get back into education. You will be given support and guidance throughout the UCAS application process so that when you have completed the course you are able to move straight onto your chosen Degree.

Additional GCSEs may need to be studied alongside the course depending on the entry requirements of individual Universities.

If you take out an Advanced Learner Loan to fund this course, and then go on to complete a Higher Education course, you’ll be eligible to have the balance of your Advanced Learner Loan written off. However, if you don’t complete either course, you won’t be eligible to have the balance written off, and will need to repay your loan in full.

Aireville Campus
Study Location
1 Year
depending on Level
Subject to Validation
Validated by

Entry Requirements

  • 19 or older to start this course
  • GCSEs 9-4 (A*-C) English or Functional Skills Level 2 English
  • Interview

What you will study

  • 2D Mixed Media
  • 2D Observational Techniques
  • Life Drawing
  • Printmaking
  • Introduction to Contemporary Textiles
  • Graphic Design – Creative Imaging
  • Graphic Design – Type and Meaning
  • Photographic Techniques
  • 3-Dimension Project
  • Contextual Studies
  • Personal Professional Development
  • Final Major Project: Practice
  • Final Major Project: Presentation and Exhibition
  • Core HE Study Skills 1
  • Core HE Study Skills 2
  • Creative Presentation
  • Drawing: Basic Techniques
  • Portfolio Development

What's Next?

Further Study

Further study could include degrees such as:

  • BA (Hons) Art and Design
  • BA (Hons) Fine Art
  • BA (Hons) Graphic Design
  • BA (Hons) Design
  • FdA Fashion and Textiles
  • Illustration and Concept Art FdA
  • Media and Creative Arts BA
  • Photography BA


  • Fine artist
  • Illustrator
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Interior designer
  • Furniture designer
  • Art teacher or lecturer
Select your preferred study programme (subject). You can make 2 choices now and make a final decision in June. We will give you a conditional offer based on your predicted/actual GCSEs.
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