UCA’s further education courses are specifically designed to prepare students for undergraduate study in the creative disciplines. We offer a diverse range of specialist subjects that take students far beyond their experiences of GCSE and A level Art & Design, allowing students to experiment with different ideas, techniques and processes before they commit to an undergraduate degree. Many of our students choose to continue on a degree course at UCA and are guaranteed place if they achieve well during their further education studies.
The School of Further Education (FE) spans all of UCA’s campuses. It introduces students to a University environment where they will learn in specialist workshops and have access to the same industry-standard facilities as our undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Learning is progressively self-directed, allowing students to develop their thinking through a range of creative processes and discover where their interests and strengths lay. Across our campuses students work on projects that may involve photography, film, textiles, fashion, illustration graphic design or crafts and sometimes in combination. We often find their initial ideas about what they may want to study evolve as they go through our diagnostic process and experimentation.
Student satisfaction rates on our courses are consistently above 90 per cent. This is largely due to the committed teaching staff – the majority of whom are creative practitioners themselves. Following our most recent OFSTED visit, the inspectors wrote: “Staff have created a culture of trust leading to high expectations for students and an atmosphere where experimentalism and creativity flourish.”
The School of Further Education has a global outlook and we feel it is important to help students develop an international perspective on designing and making. International visits are an important aspect of our courses and students are offered the opportunity to explore at least one major cultural centre during their time with us. Recent visits have included museums, galleries and artists’ or design studios in Berlin, New York and Amsterdam.
The standard of the teaching and ambition of the curriculum is realised through the quality of our student’s work. At the end of each year the final shows of our students attract national recognition. But more importantly we find that students have gone through a challenging and rewarding process of self-discovery. They conclude their FE studies with a confidence and sense of direction that will enable them to excel in their future studies and professional life.
Head of School - Further Education