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Art and Design

Thanks for visiting our Art and Design page. Here you'll find all the information you need to know about the art and design courses we offer.

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Our Art and Design courses will help you explore your creativity and teach you the skills and qualities that employers in the sector are looking for.

Weston College has been teaching successful design courses at its Loxton Campus for many years and works with creative and design agencies across the country to make sure that we're teaching you things that will lead to your future success. 

Art and Design qualifications lead to jobs. The creative industry in South West England is booming, with Bath and Bristol being major hubs for the creative arts. This means that there are many art and design jobs available for the right people with the right qualifications.

There are a lot of jobs to choose from. Our Art and Design courses cover a wide range of areas, from animation to illustration, metal work to fashion design, film production to printmaking, and much more. You'll be able to identify the creative art you're most interested in, before going on to employment in the sector or applying for a university-level course.

The more qualified you are, the more you can expect to earn. Qualifications in Art and Design show employers that you have what it takes to work in their company. With Weston College you can study from Level 1 right up to degree-level, which means you can become highly qualified in your chosen subject. We can also prioritise your application with University Centre Weston if you decide to progress from Level 3 at Weston College to study one of their degree-level courses.

Why choose us?

  • Our course content. We work with many organisations and employers in the creative arts sector to make sure that our courses are teaching you relevant skills. Our lecturers come from the art and design industry, and have in depth experience that they can share with you.
  • Our reputation. We're one of the top 20 colleges in the country, which means that when you study with us you can expect an outstanding level of teaching and support to help you succeed.
  • Our success rates. Weston College's success rates are consistently above the national averages and many of our former Art and Design students have gone on to work for prestigious companies such as Louis Vuitton and Aardman.
  • Our facilities. The Faculty of Creative Arts is an exciting and inspiring community based at our Loxton Campus. You'll benefit from dedicated studio spaces, Mac suites and workshops, and an environment designed to nurture your creativity.
  • Our links with universities and employers. The College has strong links with creative practitioners and potential employers through existing staff and supporters from the industry, meaning that you will receive the very best and up-to-date advice and guidance about progressing your career within art and design.

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Career opportunities

Art and Design

Typical jobs

Illustrator, fine artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, sculpture, art therapist, jewellery designer, set designer, signwriter, interior designer, animator, graphic designer.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Interior designers £15,000 to £45,000+
  • Animators £20,000-£40,000
  • Art editor £18,000-£32,000
  • Glassmaker £14,000-£35,000
  • Art therapist £25,500-34,500

Local notes

The creative industry is a local strength, with a number of individuals and small businesses serving larger organisations in the region such as the BBC and Future Publishing. Bristol has particular strengths in the audio-visual sector.  

Facts

  • 70% of those in the visual arts are self-employed
  • Visual arts contribute £1.9billion to the UK economy
  • The publishing industry is one of the biggest earners for the UK creative media industry

Data from Direct.gov.uk and UK Commission for Employment and Skills.   

Fashion and Textiles

Typical jobs

Clothing/textiles technologist, colourist, costume designer, embroidery designer, fashion designer, fashion predictor, fashion stylist, knitwear designer, pattern cutter/grader, tapestry designer, printmaker, textile designer.  

What you can earn

Some suggested annual salary ranges for those working in the industry include:

  • Costume designer £18,000-£28,000
  • Dressmaker £12,000-£20,000
  • Fashion designer £16,000-£22,000
  • Interior designer £15,000-£20,000
  • Textiles production manager £20,000-£27,000  

Local notes

The south west has a specialism for leather and leather goods manufacture, including the manufacture of shoes. There are over 3,000 people employed in the footwear industry in the region.  

Facts

  • The industry contributes around £4.1billion to the UK economy each year
  • Sustainability is a growing area of focus for the fashion and textiles sector
  • There are twice as many employees in textile manufacture as there are in clothes manufacture in the UK

Data taken from Direct.gov.uk and Creative Skillset   

It's easy to apply...

You can apply online for any of our Art and Design courses in a matter of minutes by selecting the course you’re interested in from the drop-down menu at the top of this page and clicking ‘apply now’. Alternatively, you can find an application form at the back of our prospectus.

There has never been a better time to apply for one of our Art and Design courses - and if you apply now you can secure your place on the course you are interested in. Submitting an application isn’t a binding decision and if you change your mind, you can always withdraw your application at a later date.

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