Cornwall College Camborne | St Austell LEVEL: 3 Arts & Media

Having the ability to be inventive, creative and develop ideas that transform your experience of the world are core elements of a career in the creative industries. So, if you enjoy art and design and want to experience a broad range of activities with the option to learn specialist skills, our art and design pathways will provide you with these learning opportunities.

We offer two options for you to start your studies in the art and design industry depending on your GCSE results. Our Level 3 course and its specialist pathways offers you the choice of university study or employment on successful completion of your course. Our Level 2 course is ideal should your GCSE results not be what you expected.

If you love art and design and want to discover more about the rich and diverse nature of the creative industries, while being involved in lots of projects covering many artistic areas, then this course is perfect. On this course your creative skills will be developed focusing on core disciplines of creative practice and five specialist career pathways.  Over the next two years you will take part in lots of exciting assignments, visit local workshops, benefit from guest lectures and have your own dedicated studio space.

This Level 3 course will combine a theme-based approach to core study and workshops in specialist pathways. These will enable you to discover your creative identity in a wide range of subjects which can lead to exciting careers in the creative industry including ‑ne art, illustration, graphic design, fashion, textiles, ceramics, 3D design and photography.


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Ideal if:

You love art and design and exploring ideas within a lively and enquiring learning environment.

You’ll need:

four GCSEs at grade 4, including English language and mathematics.

You’ll learn:

Throughout the course you will work through assignments with a broad starting point that will allow you to respond with an individual approach, as well as working on real-life projects with external businesses and arts organisations, giving you the industry
experience needed for your university or job interview. There will also be opportunities to experience guest lecturers, presentations, field trips and educational visits. For the second year of the course you will be able to specialise your practice in one or a combination of:
• fine art
• illustration
• graphic design
• fashion & textiles
• 3D & craft
• photography

You will be encouraged to develop the ability to work with a high level of independence whilst understanding the importance of collaborative working and how these qualities are valued in career pathways across the creative industries. All work produced in the
second year builds on the completion of your portfolio for a higher education degree course, a foundation diploma in art and design or employment.


Lots of variety, guest lectures and subject specialist teaching with access to specialist workshops, educational trips, live projects and presentation.

You’ll love:

Our purpose-built art blocks allow you to have your own personal dedicated studio space with access to excellent workshops in photography, digital suite, ceramics, glass, 3D, printmaking, fashion, textiles, animation and film. During this two-year course you will learn about the rich and diverse nature of the creative industries and you will be able to experiment and develop the essential art and design skills in all of the specialist pathways we offer.

You’ll go on to:

University study such as our FdA Contemporary Creative Practice or employment in the industry.

Careers in this industry 

  • Fine artist
  • Graphic designer
  • Photographer
  • Jewellery maker
  • Fashion designer
  • Animator

Progression Courses


Arts & Media
Arts & Media



Start Date

September 2019




2 Years full-time


Start Date

September 2019


St Austell


2 Years full-time


Leah Jensen Ceramics Artist

After completing the art and design course Leah went on to study
contemporary crafts at Falmouth University, which is where she
developed a method of incorporating European Renaissance
paintings into her ceramics. Since then Leah’s work has featured
in Elle Decoration magazine and she regularly exhibits in The New
Craftsmen gallery in London.

“If it wasn’t for the encouragement of my tutors at college I would not
have had the confidence to go on to higher education. I learnt the basic
techniques in a huge range of materials, which meant I had a head start
at university. The art history lessons were massively inspirational and
played a huge part in what I research for my work today.”

*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility.