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Art & Graphic Design Study Programmes

Choose an Art & Graphic Design study programme to gain experience in the studio and learn graphic design processes

Our level 1 to 3 Art study programmes will give you experience in our studios as well as theory in the classroom. These could take you to work or, with the right level 3 qualification, you could go on to university. Find out the difference between an Art & Graphic Design course and a study programme below.

Depending on the level of Art study programme you complete, you may gain a wide experience of art and design practice. You will learn about media processes and the work of other visual artists and craftspeople. Activities may include gallery visits, painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, pottery/ceramics, product and graphic design, and animation. 

What will I learn on an Art study programme?

By progressing from level 1 to 3, you’ll have plenty of time to turn your raw talent into the skills that a business is looking for or to be self-employed. You could learn about media processes and work of other visual artists and craftspeople. Activities may include painting and drawing, sculpture, photography, printmaking, textiles, pottery, ceramics, product and graphic design and animation! You’ll also have opportunities to tackle real life design briefs from local businesses and organisations.

Why choose a MidKent College Art & Graphic Design study programme?

Creative skills are in high demand. Our tutors are all industry professionals, and will give you the best support and guidance possible to aid you in your career path. Our students have had great success in a range of national competitions, including winning the top prize in the FE Week and Me photography competition. Two Graphic Design students won gold and silver in the World Skills Competition and Art students have also hosted some fantastic creative workshops at the Turner Contemporary!

What level am I?

This will be dependent on the qualifications and experience that you currently have. For some very practical subjects you'll need to start at level 1 to ensure you learn the key theory, practical knowledge and health and safety standards for your industry. Check out what level you are on our chart.

Check out this short video of our talented Art students work being displayed at Maidstone County Hall!

How is English & maths involved?

If you’re aged 16-18 years old, English and maths will be a key part of your study programme. You’ll study both subjects at a level, which is appropriate to you. Building on your English and maths skills will give you the ability to quote for projects and communicate your ideas effectively.

What facilities are available?

The fantastic facilities include studio workspaces and a photography studio. You’ll have access to Mac computers, Adobe Creative Suite and a large format printer.

What have your past students gone on to do?

Some of our students have become self-employed photographers, others have gone onto local graphic design agencies or university.

What can I do afterwards?

Career opportunities could include being a photographer, graphic designer, art therapist or set designer. Alternatively, others may choose to be a website designer, games designer or an illustrator! If university is of interest to you we can also support your UCAS application process.

How much do graphic designers get paid?

Graphic designers in the Medway and Maidstone areas can expect to earn of average  £12.98 an hour.*

What’s the difference between an Art course and a study programme?

Traditionally you may have studied an Art course, where you would only study the qualification, such as magazine layouts, life drawing and packaging. An Art & Graphic Design study programme is so much more than an Art course!

This change to study programmes is due to national feedback from employers saying young people need to have more than just a “qualification”; they need to have the skills to work in their chosen industry. A study programme encompasses the subject qualification, English and maths skills as well as work experience and personal development skills. You can read more about study programmes here.

Contact us

If you have a question or would like information on applying, please contact our course enquiries team:

By phone: 01634 402020

By email: Contact us online.

*Data taken from EMSI April 2018