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The arts and culture industry contributes around £10.8bn a year to the UK economy. There are so many exciting and rewarding careers within this industry and Highbury can get you off to a flying start.

We run Level 1, 2 and 3 courses allowing you to develop your skills and techniques and set you on the path towards a career in the arts. Our Level 1 and 2 UAL diplomas are designed for students to build on the skills they have already learnt and help them to develop techniques, methods and knowledge to a higher level. This is all in preparation for our students in becoming a professional artist within the creative industry. The courses include a range of techniques, including drawing, painting, 3D, 4D and contextual studies. These are built within projects thatare often linked to the local community and will include work experience as well. Last year, our students worked with Hilsea Lido to create new large panels for the walls of the Lido. When possible, students will also have the opportunity to go on trips to art galleries and events depending on what projects are being taught and what exhibitions are on.

With our Level 3 art & design courses, you can further develop your skills and learn new techniques. You will work on exciting live project briefs, starting with skills building workshops, allowing you to develop an impressive range of technical skills, including printmaking, sculpture, dark room processes, digital skills, traditional skills and more. You will also focus on different area,s such as illustration & graphic design, time-based media (photography/animation), working for a client and fine art. Students have worked on variety of live projects over the years, designing sets for the Royal Opera House Design Challenge, creating surface pattern designs for Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust), and most recently creating artworks to go in the Village Hotel’s gym.,

Students on all levels regularly go on trips to aid your study, last year toured Southampton City Gallery, met and interviewed MyDogSighs while he was painting a mural at the Village Hotel and went to Oxford to the Pitt Rivers Museum and to Modern Art Oxford to see an exhibition. In the past, students visited Arts University Bournemouth for a tour and a life drawing session, and they also visited University of Chichester for a sculpture workshop where our students tried spot welding!

Can’t wait to get started? Here’s some resources to give you a flying start:


Download your Art & Graphic Design Level 1 Activity Pack here

Download your Art & Graphic Design Level 2 Activity Pack here

Download your Art & Graphic Design Level 3 Activity Pack here



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