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Art, Design and Digital-Creative

About The School of Art, Design & Digital-Creative / Leonardo Creative House

We hope you apply and join one of our courses. You will belong to the biggest curriculum area at West Suffolk College - The School of Art, Design and Digital-Creative. We are thriving, fun and ambitious. Studying ONE subject that you truly connect with (with no exams) is a liberating joy. You will love it!

This year we have over 500 students studying a broad range of creative courses across different levels. We are fortunate to have our own purpose-built building - 'Leonardo House' - on the main campus. Over many years we have all worked hard to be considered one of the very best Further Education creative centres in the UK. We care about what we do and strive to develop the next generation of professionals for the UK and global Creative Industries. Our culture is one of very high standards and freedom of individual expression. You will be working with like-minded individuals and professional specialist staff. Being part of Leonardo Creative House is a great thing. With hard work you will thrive and progress to a rewarding future.

Derek Johnson - Director of The School of Art & Design / Leonardo Creative House

What’s it all about?

The most attractive part of the art and design school is finding yourself among people like you who are driven to be creative all the time. It’s a vibrant, energetic world you’ll be joining where you’ll have the freedom to develop your technical and creative skills inspired and encouraged by others.

The school of art and design at West Suffolk College is among the success stories of the college, regularly producing work that wins its students places at prestigious universities and art colleges.

What will I do?

There are courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3 with clear progression to each other or onward to degree study. During your time in the art school you’ll be developing skills while discovering different artistic disciplines such as drawing, painting, sculpture, digital arts, printmaking, photography and design.

The great advantage of studying here is that, unlike A level, you’ll be devoting all your time to your artistic work. That means building up experience and the portfolio that demonstrates your talent, your development, and your potential.

Where could it take me?

Most students continue their study at university, although some take up traineeships in artistic or design led businesses.

Everyone who has applied for university has been successful, many going to top art schools in London, Norwich, Nottingham, Liverpool, Falmouth and Cambridge.

The first step is to make an application for the area you are interested in. You will have the opportunity to discuss the different course options available during the interview stage and staff will confirm which course is suitable for your future plans.

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