Is it for me?

In addition to creative talent, you will need a lot of self-belief, determination, commitment, excellent communication skills, the ability to meet deadlines and work both independently and in a team.

Our facilities

You'll study this subject full time at Bede Campus, you will have access to out £11 million Arts Academy, Art studio, Kiln and sewing machines.

Career ready

We work with the following employers to help you gain real work skills:Tom Nancollis - Interior Designer, Sunderland Culture, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Frank Styles (artist), Washington Arts Centre.


of our art & design students progressed to employment or further study.*

*Destination data, academic year 2016/17 (FT FE 16-18 students)

Have you seen our excellent facilities?

We have some of the best facilities for art and design students including:

  • £11 million Arts Academy

  • Kiln and sewing machines.

  • Art studios.

Creative Arts Exhibition

Our Creative Arts end of year exhibition showcases the talent of our students, as well as celebrating the creativity and hard work whilst studying with us!

Expert & friendly support


There will be 2,250 jobs in Art and Design in the region in 2027(NE).

Careers could include: Illustrator, Artist, Stylist, Interior Designer or Fashion Designer. 

There are 260 Artists employed in our local region and they earn £26,936 a year.


Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.

Medium Salary

£ 24778

257 people employed as Artists in the current year.

Product, Clothing and Related Designers

Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.

Medium Salary

£ 25527

1107 people employed as Product, Clothing and Related Designers in the current year.

Arts Officers, Producers and Directors

Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.

Medium Salary

£ 29759

768 people employed as Arts Officers, Producers and Directors in the current year.