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Our creative courses allow you to advance your creative potential and imagination while developing the technical skills required to build a successful career in the creative industries.

Led by practitioners in their field, this dynamic department will guide you through your chosen course to enable you to gain practical skills and learn how to apply tools and techniques in order to produce high-quality work.

These courses have been developed in collaboration with employers, universities, colleges and students to deliver programmes that meet the needs of both today’s students and the industry’s future.


Our Creative Department is home to an array of specialist facilities including: a design studio with pattern cutting tables; Apple Mac suites; pattern CAD room with a Gerber system for digital pattern generation; specialised classrooms; machine room with industrial sewing machines and presses; print room; art gallery space and photography studios. For our 3D Creative Practice course there is a range of well-equipped 3D workshops including; metal with foundry for blacksmithing and welding bay; jewellery with a micro-welder and enameling kilns; wood with an industrial lathe and large benches; ceramics with wheels for throwing and both electric and gas kilns and sculpture room with facilities for plaster, concrete and rubber.

For the Media Make-up courses there is a newly refurbished, purpose-built prosthetics workshop and hair and make-up studios, with areas for producing portfolios and photographing finished ‘looks’. A collection of human hair lace front wigs that are of industry-standard can also be utilised by these students as part of their course.


“I’d always had a passion for make-up and art, so I decided to pursue a media make-up degree to explore my creativity. I chose to study at York College University Centre despite the commute, as it offered a degree that covered all disciplines, including wig work.

My experience at York College University Centre has been amazing. I’ve learned so many skills that I never would have thought I’d learn and my tutors were great; they always took time to support me.

Studying at York College University Centre provided me with lots of contacts and industry knowledge, and I’m now using the skills I’ve learned as a make-up artist for TV and film.”

BA (Hons) Media Make-up, Special Effects & Hair Design


“I chose to study this degree because it’s an intense programme which will really help to prepare me for today’s industry. I love the movement classes as it’s allowed me to unlock my body and express my emotions and story through movement. My tutors are really supportive and I know I can approach them for help at any time.

York College University Centre is local to me and I’d studied here previously so I knew the building and layout, which really helped. My experience has been great and I’ve made lots of new friends along the way.

When I’ve completed this degree I intend to enter the industry, specifically theatre, and then hopefully I’ll get an agent for film and TV roles.”

BA (Hons) Acting for Stage & Screen


"Studying this degree has taught me how to create different types of garments and teaches a lot about the fashion industry. I’ve also learned how to deal with tight deadlines like I would when dealing with companies and clients in the future.

I chose York College University Centre as I wanted a smaller environment with lots of tutor contact, and so the smaller group sizes here are great. It also seemed like a good option after being out of education for many years.

The support I’ve received from tutors has been amazing. I was initially a bit worried about entering education again but my tutors have been so encouraging."

BA (Hons) Fashion Design & Garment Technology