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Activate Learning is a forward-thinking education group working across further and higher education, schools, apprenticeships and training. We transform lives through learning.
Our visual arts and design pathway pairs the traditional and digital
skills of being creative, including craft techniques, digital design,
laser cutters and 3D printers.
About our visual arts and design programmes
Choosing a visual arts and design pathway develops your creativity in areas including painting, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, graphics, fashion, visual studies, design, computer design software, photography, historical and contextual studies, personal and professional development.
Our accreditation with University of the Arts London means that you will have the opportunity to have your work shortlisted to appear in the annual UAL exhibition in London.
You will follow an inter-disciplinary approach that will prepare you for your next step, whether that is further study or employment. Teaching and learning is carried out in traditional craft workshops, and digital MakerSpaces.
You will also get access to experiences of work throughout your programme, which will prepare you for the realities of working in industry. This includes responding to live briefs set by employers, work experience, taking part in competitions, and attending masterclasses and careers talks.
It’s a really brilliant course and the college offers everything that you need. There’s always support on hand if you need it.”
What is a career pathway?
Education takes time and money. By giving you a clear view of what qualifications you need to get the job and the salary that you want, we take the stress out of learning.
Our career pathway maps show you the entry requirements for each qualification and how long they take to achieve. With each new qualification, you have the option to continue studying at the next level or explore your employment options with a guide to the jobs and salaries you can expect at that stage. Each step of the way, our career advisors are there to help you make the right choice for you.
By focusing on your future employability and opportunities, we hope to inspire in you the drive to succeed and make the most of your investment in education. 95% of students that completed a course with us progressed directly into employment or onto higher-level learning such as a higher-level course, apprenticeship or university study.*
*AL destination data for 16-19 year olds
While the right qualifications can get you a job interview, it’s the attributes that we teach alongside your chosen programme that will get you the job. Click on the links below to find out more about our Attributes and Learning Philosophy.
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Our aim is to equip you to be successful in the job market,
whether you are heading for a job straight after your time at
college, plan to take a university-level programme first or are
already working in a part-time job.
What could my future job look like?
Our art and design career pathway can help you develop a number of exciting careers in this creative sector, such as:
The visual arts and design industry
The creative industries are a driver of growth in local economies across Britain and are predicted to be worth £128.4billion to the UK economy by 2025 and help to create up to a million jobs by 2030.
The skills and business models of the wider creative economy are those that many experts judge to be of increasing importance: blended technical and creative skills, collaborative interdisciplinary working, entrepreneurialism and enterprise.
The creative industries house a variety of roles and are set to see continued growth in the coming years, which is great news for talented people with creative flair.
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We work closely with organisations to provide industry-standard teaching, learning and progression opportunities for our students, including:
You will have the opportunity to develop your employability by taking part in exhibitions, festivals and events, organising community workshops and pop-up shops.
You will also gain new skills by taking part in competitions, attending masterclasses and career talks, and responding to live briefs set by employers.
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