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.

Textile Process Operatives

Job holders in this unit group operate machines to prepare natural and synthetic fibres for processing, spin and twist fibre into yarn, thread, twine, rope and other similar material, and estimate the quantities of colouring matter required for printing and dyeing fabrics.

Medium Salary

£ 20643

243 people employed as Textile Process Operatives in the current year.

Glass and Ceramics Makers, Decorators and Finishers

Glass and ceramics workers, form, shape, decorate, smooth and polish glassware, earthenware, refractory goods, clay bricks and other ceramic goods.

Medium Salary

£ 13956

92 people employed as Glass and Ceramics Makers, Decorators and Finishers in the current year.

Print Finishing and Binding Workers

Print finishing and binding workers bind books and other publications and finish printed items by hand or machine.

Medium Salary

£ 16018

405 people employed as Print Finishing and Binding Workers in the current year.