Did You Know?

Each year we invite professional artists to enrich students' experiences. One of them was Lucie Lee, Artistic Director of Lucie Lee Dance Company, who delivered three workshops with A level Art and Design students at Bradford College in October 2017 - shown in the video above. This workshop was designed around the Lucie Lee Dance Company work 'Moving Memories', which used an interdisciplinary approach with dance theatre, digital technologies and visual arts. This work received funding from the Arts Council England, Kala Sangam Arts Centre and Bradford Council, and was supported by Mind the Gap and Bradford College.

Amanda Spawforth, course leader, said: "These sessions were valuable for both groups of students and gave them an amazing insight into collaborative practice. Many students commented on how much they enjoyed the process and the freedom the more expressionist approach gave them to creating work. Lucie was very supportive and interested in all the learners’ outcomes and in each session, she set time speaking individually to the learners to allow them to voice their thoughts on the process and the work produced. This has boosted their confidence in applying more experimental approaches to their work and I have seen a variety of beautiful pieces produced stemming from this project. A special and valuable experience". 

Course Overview

The one year Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma in Art, Design and Media course is suitable for students over the age of 19 who wish to develop a portfolio of art, media and design-related work for entry to Higher Education.  

Experience will be provided in two and three dimensions within a range of disciplines currently taught within art and design.

Completion of this course will enable you to select a specialist pathway for undergraduate study.

Course Structure

Experiences could include drawing, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, textile design, photography and ICT. An introduction to these disciplines will develop your individual creative potential in a supportive environment enabling you to develop concepts, take creative risks and understand techniques and processes

You will complete 15 ungraded units in:

  • Study Skills
  • Further Study Skills
  • Introduction to Drawing
  • Introduction to Media Editing

You will complete 45 graded credits in:

  • Contextual Research
  • Visual Language
  • Foundations in Design
  • 3D Art and Design
  • Graphic Communication
  • Printmaking
  • Manipulating Images
  • Final Exhibition
  • Final Major Project
  • Specialist Portfolio.

The course offers you 60 Credits at Level 3 and will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English at a minimum of Grade C/4.

You will be interviewed and will need to bring your portfolio/folder of art, media or design-related work.

You must be aged 19 or over.

Application should be made direct to the College.

How Will I Learn?

Practical work will be supported by theoretical studies and a study skills unit. You will be supported throughout your studies by a personal tutor.

Skills You Will Develop

In addition to the skills gained in art, design and media, you will also develop skills in independent research, critical thinking and evaluative skills, study skills, interview skills and interpersonal skills.


You will develop the necessary skills to progress onto Higher Education. We will introduce you to the UCAS system and provide tutorial sessions for university applications.

Expect Also To

Spend around 15 hours a week for studies outside of your college timetable. You will need to allow this time for assignments, lesson preparation and revision activities. If you have a job, we recommend that you do not work more than 15 hours per week due to the intensity of the Access course.  You should also expect to work with others and independently, meet deadlines and complete work to a high standard.

How You Will Be Assessed

Assessment on Access programmes involves a range of methods such as essays, presentations, reports, research investigations and two end-of-year examinations. You will have a combination of 15 ungraded and 45 graded units. For the graded units you will be graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Things You May Need

You will be advised at the outset of your course the materials that you will need.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088214.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
Email: [email protected]

For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
Tel: 01274 088214
Email: [email protected].