York College

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Graphic designers

Up to £22,000

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Product, clothing and related designers

Up to £39,000

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Design and development engineers

Up to £29,000

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Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. The Art and Design Diploma Level 2 qualification at Merit grade will also be considered as part of the entry requirements. You will be invited to show a portfolio of your art and design work at your guidance discussion.


Two years.

What will I study?

This is an exciting two-year course delivered through inspirational projects by tutors and practitioners in well-equipped studios and workshops.

During the two years you will have demonstrations and workshops to introduce you to the following subjects, techniques and processes:

Wood - carving and furniture
Metal - forge work, casting and welding
Ceramics - slab building, coiling, throwing and glazing
Mixed Media – mould making and plastic forming
Fine Metal - soldering, enamelling and jewellery
Glass - slumping, moulding and fusing

You may follow up subjects such as jewellery, furniture design, ceramics, theatre set design, product design, industrial design, car design, sculpture and crafts.

During the course you will work in sketchbooks and on design sheets to collate your ideas. You will also work in workshops and on Apple Macs to ensure your work is professional and well presented. You will have the opportunity to work on live projects with links to industry. You will build a portfolio of your own work for employment or higher education applications here at York College or elsewhere.

Throughout the programme there are educational visits to galleries, workshops, museums, exhibitions and places of specific interest to extend your awareness of the wide range of contemporary creative activity.

At the end of the course you will work on a Personal Project in a specialist area, which will be exhibited in the Creative Show for parents, practitioners and VIPs.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through continuous assessment of projects and assignments with constructive feedback through one-to-one tutorials.


There is a cost of £75 in total for this course.  £25 for a mandatory Art Kit and £50 student contribution that is used to enhance the students learning through the availability of additional resources and activities.  You will also need to purchase appropriate PPE- more details of both will be provided before you enrol.

What could it lead to?

You can go directly into employment or continue to higher education in universities throughout the country or with York College.

Degree courses might include:

  • Contemporary Crafts (this course is offered at York College)
  • Art and Design
  • Theatre/Set Design
  • 3D Design
  • Glass Design
  • Interior Design
  • Furniture and Product Design
  • Jewellery Design and Production
  • 3D Ceramics Courses
  • Product Design
  • Game Design/Animation
  • Conservation and Restoration

Past students have successfully completed creative degrees at Northumbria University, Sheffield Hallam University, Birmingham University and York College as well as other prestigious universities across the UK.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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