Develop the skills required for a career in the creative industry with this intensive and challenging two-year programme. The first year develops skills in a range of practical and digital art and design subjects, which enable students to select areas to specialise in during the second year.


Meet our students Ethan Thorne

Ethan Thorne

“I chose Newbury College because it has a healthy environment in which I can enjoy creative freedom.”

Meet our students James Lockhart

James Lockhart

“My time at college has been really positive. I’ve been able to focus solely on one subject that I really enjoy and I’m progressing onto university with an unconditional offer at the university of my choice.”

James Lockhart
Art and Design

Meet our students Thea Clarke

Thea Clarke

“I would recommend Newbury College as I have had so much support. I have enjoyed developing my skills in spray painting and printmaking techniques.”

Meet our students Willow Hammond-Ellaway

Willow Hammond-Ellaway

“I chose to study at Newbury College because it was conveniently close. I also loved the course choices, such a huge range, it was very difficult for me to decide what would be best. I had a lot of support to help me choose what course would be best for my future. I have enjoyed the confidence that I have gained from my course and I am very thankful for everything the college has done for me.”

  • Description

    The units covered include design ideas including visual recording, contextual influences, communication, exploration, and realisation and design methods.

    Topics covered may include the following:

    • Drawing and Painting
    • Photography
    • 3D Design,
    • Digital Illustration
    • Graphic Design
    • Printmaking
    • Art History

    Learning will be supported by cultural visits, guest lecturers and research sessions.

    Students also complete a skills project which builds confidence and employability skills, as well as covering subjects such as equality and safeguarding.

  • Entry Requirements

    Students need to have five GCSE passes at grade 4 or above, preferably to include Maths and English, or equivalent qualification at merit grade, and Functional Skills Maths and English, preferably at Level 1.

  • Qualification

    BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Art and Design BTEC National Extended Diploma in Art and Design

  • Progression

    Successful learners may progress on to higher education courses such as Art and Design(Graphic Design). Alternatively learners may enter employment or become self employed.

  • Assessment

    Students are assessed through a combination of assignments, practical work, projects and controlled assessments set by the awarding body.

    Students produce a portfolio of work which is assessed against the grading criteria for the units.

    Assignments set have an agreed hand-in date that will need to be met in order to meet the awarding body guidelines.

    In addition to portfolio work, some units may also include externally marked assessment material, sat under controlled conditions.

  • Home Study

    Homework will be set in class and/or via Moodle, Newbury College's online learning platform. Students are expected to allocate approximately six hours a week on research and homework outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge, confidence and successfully complete the programme. This may be completed at home or in the Learning Resource Centre.

  • Work Placement

    During the course learners will be expected to complete some work experience. This helps learners understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    At times students will be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require learners to pay entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest edition of books will be recommended. Students may also have the opportunity to take part in an overseas educational visit which could cost around £400.

Code Start Fees*
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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one term (Community Learning courses) or one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Fee information

14 - 18 year olds

In most cases students aged 14-18 years old on a substantial study programme will NOT be required to pay fees and most course-specific equipment and materials will be funded by the College. This excludes stationary, non-curriculum trips and a £15 enrichment fee.

19 years and over

Students aged 19 years and over may be required to pay fees. For details of fee remission and loans for students over the age of 19 click here. Please note that some courses may have additional registration, examination and/or materials fees. Where we have been unable to provide these additional costs in this information, they will be discussed with you prior to enrolment. If you think you may be entitled to financial support or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us.