Art and Design

Study art and design at Newcastle College 

Our art and design courses combine practical work, theory and work related projects to give you the expertise needed to succeed in this industry. Teaching staff all have industry experience and we give you every opportunity to showcase your work through live briefs, exhibitions and final shows so that you leave with a portfolio of material to support progression onto further study or into employment.

The skills you develop will enable you to study at the next level and progress into higher education or pursue career opportunities in textile design, fashion illustration, fashion design, interior design, graphic design, animation or interactive media.

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Based at our Mandela Building you have access to:

  • fully-equipped design studios

  • inspiring drawing, painting and sculpture studios

  • MAC suites

  • an animation pod

  • wood and metal workshops with CNC, rapid prototyping and laser cutting facilities

  • first class screen printing studio with fabric printing facilities

  • modern fashion, sewing and textile workshops.

Employer links 

We have developed strong links with regional and national art and design organisations and a range of employers who enrich students’ learning experiences, giving students the opportunity to run projects in partnership. Companies who support our students through issuing live briefs, commissioning work or collaborative projects include; Urban Outfitters, Newcastle Fashion Week, Krispy Crème, George Bond, IKEA and many more. As a result many of our students see their work on display or see it produced by the client or agency.

In addition, students have regular educational visits to galleries and creative businesses, and guest lectures from people in industry to benefit from their expertise and understand the many opportunities for employment in the sector.