Every year our students produce amazing, award-winning work

If you love using your original ideas to create something, then working in the creative sector will be a fun and rewarding experience that enables you to demonstrate your artistic flair. It’s a competitive industry but one the UK currently excels in. Creative people are highly sought after by many employers, including large organisations and design companies.

You could be animating video games, designing your own line of clothes or seeing the artwork you’ve produced in a national publication. The only limit is your creativity.

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Part-time courses

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Courses we offer

Level 2 Study Programme
Level 3 Study Programmes
Foundation Diploma

Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) Advanced Level 3 (offered at Bedford College only)

BA (Hons)
  • Fashion & Textiles BA (Hons) (top-up from HND) (offered at Bedford College only)
  • Graphic Communication BA (Hons) (top-up from HND) (offered at Bedford College only)
  • Photography BA (Hons) (top-up from HND) (offered at Bedford College only)

Entry requirements

Level 2 Study Programme

Duration: One year

  • 3 GCSEs grades A*-D or 9-3 ideally including English and Maths OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 1 Diploma with Functional Skills

Duration: Two years

  • 3 GCSEs grades 9–1 or A*–G ideally including English and Maths and a keen interest in art and design. Other relevant levels of qualification or experience will be considered.
Level 3 Study Programme

Duration: Two years

  • 4 GCSE’sgrades 9-4 or A*-C ideally including English and maths OR
  • Art & Design BTEC or UAL Level 2 Diploma (Merit level or above) with Functional Skill
Foundation Diploma

A minimum of one A-Level in a design related subject.

Entry is subject to a successful interview where you will be asked to display a portfolio of your existing work.



  • 32-48 UCAS points with some art, design and media element OR
  • Art & Design BTEC Level 3 Diploma OR
  • Art & Design Foundation Diploma (Pre-Degree) OR
  • Equivalent Level 3 qualification

Entry is subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to bring along a portfolio of your existing work. Applicants from A-Level courses displaying high levels of creativity will also be considered. We welcome applications from mature students who will considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.

To begin this course you will need to have completed the Higher National Certificate relevant to the HND. Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to present a portfolio of your creative work, including developmental worksheets or sketchbooks.

BA (Hons)

To begin this course you will need to have completed the Higher National Diploma relevant to the BA (Hons).

Mature students

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

What will I be doing?

Course Content

Level 2 Study Programme Overview

Art & Design Level 2
This study programme will introduce you to a wide range of art, design and craft techniques through a mix of studio-based projects, lectures, teamwork and one-to-one teaching. You will develop a comprehensive portfolio of work that reflects improvements in your ability, and gain an insight into various disciplines within art & design.

Graphic Design Level 2
You will study a range of core and optional units that develop skills in design, page layout, photography, illustration and typography. You will have time in the new Apple Mac suites to develop your creative digital skills. You will learn how to use design software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Graphic Design is not only using computers; a full range of drawing and image making techniques are key parts of this creative course.

Photography Level 2
You will develop skills in digital and traditional film-based photography, working in the studio and the darkroom to develop your creativity.

Level 3 Study Programme Overview

3D Applied Design Pathway
This exciting study programme will encourage you to experiment in a diverse range of disciplines. You will work with a wide variety of materials, including glass, wood, metal, ceramics and plastics. Mixed media and non-traditional approaches and techniques will be encouraged, alongside research as a basis for design development, informed by drawings and sketchbook work.

Animation, Illustration & Games Design Pathway
You will be exposed to a variety of different types of animation such as 2D, 3D and stop motion. You will also explore Illustration and Games Concept Art Design, with some aspect of Level Creation. You will gain experience in using a variety of programmes, including the Adobe Suite and web-based games engines.

Art & Design
You will develop your creative abilities in drawing, developing your design ideas, photography, textiles and the manipulation of a wide range of materials to create artwork for specific audiences.

Fashion & Textiles Pathway
You will explore various design aspects, including surface pattern for fashion and interiors, fashion visualisation and illustration, and sculptural textiles/fashion. You will also have the opportunity to learn silk screen printing, machine and hand embroidery, paper making, fabric manipulation techniques, draping, transfer printing, computer aided design, felt making, and drawing. The emphasis will be on experimentation with materials and ideas generation for fashion, textile, interior and illustration outcomes.

Fine Art Pathway
This study programme will give you the flexibility to work with a range of materials, techniques and processes, often dipping into other subject areas, such as digital media and video. The core programme offers painting, sculpture, printing, experimental photography and a range of open ended projects designed to challenge your ability to think and work creatively.

Graphic Design Pathway
This study programme will give you a strong insight into illustration, typography, advertising, layout design, packaging and drawing using a variety of media and techniques including digital photography. You will also learn how to use the Adobe Creative Suite software: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, and Adobe After Effects for graphic animation.

Photography Pathway
You will have the opportunity to explore different lens-based media and learn about film-based and digital techniques, including darkroom techniques and image manipulation. You will develop personal projects that explore themes and ideas connected with the potential of photography to record, document, narrate and challenge. You will learn how to select photographic equipment and technologies that are appropriate and fit for purpose.

Foundation Diploma Overview

This course will enable you to explore and experiment with a wide range of concepts, ideas and materials and give you the opportunity to focus on your chosen specialist area to build up your portfolio. It’s designed to develop your individuality and creativity, helping you to gain a place at art and design schools, colleges and universities across the country by providing a full understanding of the application of art and design in academic study and the creative industries.

HNC & HND Overview

3D Applied Design HNC
This creative qualification is designed to introduce you to contemporary 3-dimensional (3D) design. The course focuses on interior design and product design. During the course you will have the opportunity to develop methodologies for idea generation and strategies for contemporary making. You will be exposed to new materials employed within the 3D design field like jesmonite. In addition you will engage in contextual understanding of European design and 3D design from various cultures. The course is  supported by workshops delivered by guest lecturers and cultural visits abroad to Europe and American cities. In addition, we visit/show at several design exhibitions and international design events, such as New Designers in London.

Arts Practice BTEC HNC/HND
This course is designed to allow you to explore your artistic practice through a broad diagnostic introduction to contemporary art. You will develop methodologies for idea generation within an art context. The course will also introduce you to the philosophy and sociology of art. Art theory and contextual studies are delivered alongside your practical art work. An emphasis is put on professional practice through live projects and by enabling you to submit work to national art competitions, for example the Jerwood Drawing Prize.

Creative Media Production BTEC HNC/HND
This course will enable you to develop 2D and 3D digital skills for concept art, character animation and interface design. You will
work in a purpose built studio equipped with industry standard software tools including Adobe Animate, Adobe Photoshop, Autodesk Maya and Maxon Cinema 4D, Unity and Unreal 4.

Fashion & Textiles HNC
This highly creative Fashion & Textiles HNC course will equip you for a successful career within the fast-paced fashion or textile industry. You will develop a broad range of practical and technical skills in areas such as pattern cutting, draping and production as well as fashion, fashion design, research, illustration, technical drawings, computer aided design, fashion trends and forecasting.
In addition to fashion specific skills, you will explore textile techniques and processes such as digital and screen printing, heat
transfer printing and laser cutting. You will have the opportunity to participate in live competition briefs and build a creative,
professional portfolio that can be used for job interviews or further study.

Fashion & Textiles HND
Following on from your BTEC HNC, you will have the opportunity to specialise in either fashion or textiles with these bespoke
pathways. This will allow you to develop your skills and explore these creative industries in more depth. You will have the
opportunity to visit galleries, trade shows and trend forecasting events. Students will also take part in annual fashion shows.

Graphic Design HNC/HND
A highly creative, ideas based course tailored to this exciting and evolving industry. Mentored by experienced, practising tutors you will develop a portfolio covering traditional print, digital, advertising, branding, corporate identity, illustration and typography. You have won awards for 10 consecutive years and present their work to industry through local exhibitions and a major London venue. Students will have the opportunity to take part in an optional trip abroad.

Interior Design HND
This course follows on from the one year HNC in 3D Design and it will enable you to develop ideas for creative design briefs and build your confidence to tackle selfdirected projects. You will develop skills within the Interior Design industry, enabling the exploration of design ideas and the visualisation of concepts through material exploration and visual communication methods. You will undertake inspirational visits, hands-on workshops and initiative project work.

Photography HNC/HND
This course will enable you to take images that you are interested in and you will develop an understanding of how to apply your practice within a commercial context, for example fashion,  advertising, product and editorial. Practical assignments will enable you to acquire conceptual and technical skills in contemporary image making. You will be issued with project briefs, which will develop your understanding of photography as a craft in the studio environment and on location. The technical practice is underpinned by your understanding of photography as a tool to communicate meaning and message to a variety of audiences.

Product Design HND
This course follows on from the one year HNC in 3D Design and it will prepare you for a career as a creative designer and maker. A creative studio culture allows you to discover the potential for producing products that range from everyday functional to the one-off. A comprehensive set of workshops will support your learning and encourage you to tackle current design issues, such as small scale living and sustainability.

Degree Overview

Fashion BA
Fashion starts with textiles, and during this exciting course you will learn how to develop a wide range of textile applications
to enhance your fashion collections. This course allows you to specialise in either Fashion or Textiles for Fashion. The broad range of facilities includes; digital and screen printing, transfer print and laser cutting. Students also use applique and embroidery
to embellish and enhance their garments, dyeing their own fabrics and yarns to create personalised colour combinations. Live projects and competitions provide you with real time industry experience, and the range of careers available include the textile, accessories and garment design sectors for high street and high-end markets. Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to find your strengths so that when it comes to
applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd.

Graphic Communication BA
This course offers the opportunity to top–up your existing Graphic Design or equivalent subject qualification to a BA (Hons) Graphic
Communication Degree Level 6, (validated by the University of Northampton), whilst studying within the highly successful Graphic
Design faculty at Bedford College. You will benefit from: highly experienced, practising tutors; access to live industry-led design
briefs and national competitions; visiting creative industry guest speakers and client presentations; and opportunities to exhibit
both locally and in London at D&AD New Blood. The course has an impressive track record for winning competitions and placing
students into employment. You will also benefit from small group sizes offering excellent tutor access and support, and modern Apple Mac computer suite facilities.

Photography BA
Our Photography degree takes a practical approach to exploring the photograph within a range of contemporary practices and contexts. This will extend to a critical understanding of the subject and allows the scope for you to develop your creativity and professionalism.

Course Structure & Expectations

Course Structure
Your full-time Further Education course will consist of a study programme. This means that alongside your industry-recognised qualification, you’ll also study English and maths and improve your personal and employability skills. In short, your study programme will provide you with:

  • A nationally-recognised qualification
  • English and maths skills
  • Work experience
  • Personal development skills
  • Study skills
  • Employability skills

Our Higher Education programmes can be studied either full-time for two days per week or part-time one day per week. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available online for home study.


  • Attend punctually and regularly
  • Work hard and complete all work within specified deadlines
  • Participate in class activity and discussions
  • Take responsibility for your own learning
  • Treat everyone with respect
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Applied 3D Design

Ben Lye-Forster

Applied 3D Design is a good balance between a construction course and a design course. We cover both the designing process and building of the physical product, so we always have an end result and learn to adapt things as we go along.

I’ve had an interest in films and props since a young age. While I’ve designed and built things from home, this course is now teaching me how to do it properly. The tutors are very helpful. Faye has her own wealth of knowledge coming from a jewellery background and working on a smaller scale to our other tutor, Amanda, who specialises in metal and wood work.

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