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Outstanding Success in Art Creates Canvas of Opportunity

Success rates on Walsall College’s Art and Design courses are well above the national average and in line with the college’s outstanding Ofsted rating, new figures have revealed.

The overall success rate for students who completed Art and Design courses last year was 93.9%, which is 6.1% above the national average, making Walsall College one of the best places to study Art and Design in the West Midlands.

Whilst other regional colleges have announced cuts to their Art and Design provision, Walsall College is going from strength to strength with around 95% of students also progressing to employment or higher education in the past three years following the completion of Level 3 Art and Design courses, including to leading universities in London, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Aberdeen.

Three students have also recently joined the prestigious London College of Fashion, part of University of the Arts London (UAL), whilst two learners have gone on to study in Finland and Switzerland. While one former learner, Simon Goode, has gone on to open his own highly successful business, the London Centre for Book Arts in the capital.

The college’s Art and Design programmes cover a broad range of areas including Fine Art, Printmaking, Fashion and Textiles, Graphics, Photography and 3D Design, enabling students to explore and master a number of disciplines.

This year students also have the opportunity to take part in The Big Hoot Birmingham 2015, the biggest ever mass-participation, public art event in the city! The college has sponsored a large scale owl sculpture, giving students the chance to get their creative designs featured on the sculpture for thousands of residents and visitors to admire over the summer as part of a wider exhibition.

Current Walsall College Art and Design student, Walu Mozagba, 19, from Dudley said: “I chose to study at Walsall College because it has a great reputation and the facilities for my course are excellent. It’s also very inspiring to know that people who have studied the course before me have gone on to achieve such amazing success and I hope to follow in their footsteps.”

Art and Design Lecturer Andrew Holmes, who leads the college’s Art and Design Foundation Diploma course, said: “There is a very strong culture of success and progression on our art programmes as staff and students have a real passion for the subject and students develop a wide range of transferable skills including creative thinking, communicating ideas and problem solving which are relevant in many jobs.”

Courses on offer at Walsall College range from part-time evening classes in Photography, through to Level 2, Level 3 Extended Diploma and Foundation Diploma, HNC, HND and now Level 6 Degree programmes in Photography, Fashion and Graphic Design, forged through an exciting partnership with BCU. Students are able to progress seamlessly through levels and on to our higher education programmes, external university places or employment.

The college also has a great relationship with The New Art Gallery Walsall; students regularly work with Artists in Residence, undertake curatorial projects and exhibit work in the gallery. As well as the college’s Summer Exhibitions in June, students often show work in venues across Walsall, including a range of pop-up-shops in the town centre. Level 2 Art and Design students ran a successful venture just before Christmas, selling a range of creative gifts produced themselves.

Find out more about Walsall College’s successful Art and Design courses and apply online or call 01922 657000 for further information.

Published on Apr 22nd 2015



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