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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

The course - what is it all about?

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Our Architecture (Conceptual) course is unique and brilliant. This is for ambitious young visionaries who wish to design structures, environments, interiors and crazy worlds. Nothing dull here... it is about possibilities and imagination. This can be for real-world developments or entertainment in films, games and multi-media. There are no limits! Often the two meet in the urban skylines of the twentieth century.
You will learn a broad range of hands-on and digital skills - often combining the two to create truly wonderous possibilities. As the course and your skills develop you will become more specialised and independent.

This area of work is thriving. The UK is a world leader in design, film/TV production, architecture, innovation and multi-media/games. This course is the first step into this rewarding and lucrative span of careers.

 

The courses and what you need to get a place:

  • UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media (1 year)
  • UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (1 year) or UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design (Digital Art) (1 year)
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design & Communication (internal pathway: Architecture (Conceptual)) (2 years)

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Photo of four cardboard made buildings
Photo of a Grass covered building generated on a computer
Photo of three images of drawings and sculptures
Photo of two images of shapes and lines
Photo of an unusual design for a building, lines planning out walls and furniture
Photo of two images, one being made out of chalk
Photo of 4 images, blueprints for a building
Photo of two images, similar to two highrise buildings made out of off cut images

  

What the course covers

Creative and Technical skills:

  • 2D architectural illustration and design skills
  • 3D/model making skills - media and processes
  • Digital creativity - various software - including Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator) and 3D software
  • Idea generation
  • Exploration and experimentation of media and processes
  • Independent development of studio work into own unique outcomes
  • Sustainable architecture
  • Contextual studies - historical, modern and wider world knowledge and inspiration

Professional Skills:

  • Working on 'live' assignments
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Working with focus and independence
  • Communication
  • Presentation of outcomes
  • Online professional social media profile

 

How will I be assessed?

All courses and levels are assessed against submitted coursework by a deadline - work with NO sat exams. All are assessed at Pass, Merit, Distinction levels against the qualification unit criteria.

We are proud to be a University of the Arts London (UAL) accredited college. This is the largest creative awarding body in Europe.

NOTE: All level 3 courses carry the required UCAS points for university applications.

Where will it take me?

Level 1 and 2 students progress to levels 2 and 3.

Level 3 students progress to university or employment. Annually about 75% of our level 3 students decide to progress to university. They all successfully gain places. Our students progress to the very finest universities such as Chelsea, Central Saint Martins, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, London College of Fashion, Norwich, Southampton and many others.

Outstanding aspects and highlights

We love doing as many enriching things as possible. This ensures your educational experience is varied, challenging and positive. Recently Architecture students have:

  • Visited the Contemporary Architectural model making exhibition in London
  • Visiting speaker and workshop with sustainability Architect at West Stow
  • 'Live' conceptual architecture assignment/open competition
  • Conceptual Architecture plaster casting construction workshop
  • Visit to London to study new constructions and the roof garden at the 'Walkie-Talkie Building'

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

General Art and Design 1 - Woman with hand over face
General Art and Design 2 - Skulls
General Art and Design 3 - Skulls
General Art and Design 4 - Face abstract
General Art and Design 5 - face abstract
General Art and Design 6 - plant
General Art and Design 7 - face
General Art and Design 8 - abstract painting
General Art and Design 9 - abstract painting
General Art and Design 10 - comic book

The course

Focusing on the one subject you love and developing your skills alongside other like-minded artists is a truly brilliant thing. The happy days of art college will last a lifetime and launch you into a career.

Our level 3 Art & Design (general) course is outstanding. You will learn and develop a broad range of creative, technical and professional skills. These include illustration, fine art, design skills, 3D/sculpture, innovative digital work, animation, printmaking, painting and photography. These are delivered across different assignments in specialist studios with professional staff. As the course progresses students will focus more and more on their own creative interests and individual skills. This mix of very structured teaching and the culture of open expression are the core of our thriving Art & Design courses.

The courses and what you need to get a place:

Put simply - to gain a place a level 3 you will need at least four x GCSEs grade 4 or above. We would like least one of these needs to be in Maths or English. If you feel you may not achieve this then level 1 or 2 will be the perfect first step. These are outstanding courses. We are flexible to individual circumstances. At interview (do not worry it is a very pleasant meeting!) we will discuss levels and your entry skills.

All will be fine!

What the courses covers

Creative and Technical skills:

  • 2D illustration and design skills
  • Drawing and painting
  • 3D making skills and media and processes
  • Printmaking
  • Animation
  • Digital: various software including Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Idea generation
  • Exploration and experimentation of media and processes
  • Independent development of studio work into own unique outcomes
  • Contextual studies: historical and modern international art and connections to the wider world.

Professional Skills:

  • Working on 'live' assignments
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Working with focus and independence
  • Communication
  • Presentation of outcomes
  • Online professional social media profile

How will I be assessed?

All courses and levels are assessed against submitted coursework by a deadline - work with NO sat exams. All are assessed at Pass, Merit, Distinction levels against the qualification unit criteria.

We are proud to be a University of the Arts London (UAL) accredited college. This is the largest creative awarding body in Europe.

NOTE: All level 3 courses carry the required UCAS points for university applications.

Where will it take me?

Level 3 students progress to university or employment. Annually about 75% of our level 3 students decide to progress to university. They all successfully gain places. Our students progress to the very finest universities such as Chelsea, Central Saint Martins, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, London College of Fashion, Norwich, Southampton and many others.

Outstanding aspects and highlights

We love doing as many enriching things as possible. This ensures your educational experience is varied, challenging and positive. Recently art & design students have:

  • Various local, national and international trips and residentials
  • Visits to the studio and foundry of Laurance Edwards an internationally renowned sculptor
  • National and International trips and residentials. In 2022 and 2023 80 Level 3 students have the opportunity to travel to either the East Coast USA(New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC) (17 days) and South Korea (17 days) funded through the Turing Programme.
  • Various exhibitions online and in a gallery format
  • Been selected and exhibited for the prestigious UAL 'Origins' exhibition in London
  • Presented nationally on the UAL 'Student Takeover' Instagram
  • 'Live' assignments and paid freelance work opportunities

Days & times

Starting September 2023

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

The course - what is it all about?

Focusing on the one subject you love and developing your skills alongside other like-minded artists is a truly brilliant thing. The happy days of art college will last a lifetime and launch you into a career.

Our UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is outstanding. This one-year course is for students wishing to have a multi-layered, fast paced, challenging and rewarding creative education experience. You will learn new drawing, mixed-media, 3D, digital, fashion and photographic skills. The course is a wonderful mix of structured workshops and the vital importance of independent art practice.

Entry onto this course requires a level 3 diploma or A-levels. You will learn and develop a broad range of creative, technical and professional skills. These include illustration, fine art, design skills, 3D/sculpture, innovative digital work, animation, printmaking, painting and photography. These are delivered across different assignments in specialist studios with specialist staff. As courses progress students will focus more and more on their own creative interests and individual skills. This mix of very structured teaching and the culture of open expression are the core of our thriving Art & Design courses.

The courses and what you need to get a place:

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  • UAL Level 3-4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Post A-level and pre-degree level)

For the UAL Level 3-4 Foundation Diploma Art & Design you will need a level 3 qualification/s. This is typically A-levels or an Extended Diploma.

What the courses cover

Creative and Technical skills:

  • 2D illustration and design skills
  • Drawing and painting
  • 3D making skills - media and processes
  • Printmaking
  • Animation
  • Digital - various software - including Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Idea generation
  • Exploration and experimentation of media and processes
  • Independent development of studio work into own unique outcomes
  • Contextual studies - historical and modern international art and design - and connections to the wider world.

Professional Skills:

  • Working on 'live' assignments
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Working with focus and independence
  • Communication
  • Presentation of outcomes
  • Online professional social media profile

How will I be assessed?

All courses and levels are assessed against submitted coursework by a deadline - work with NO sat exams. All are assessed at Pass, Merit, Distinction levels against the qualification unit criteria.

We are proud to be a University of the Arts London (UAL) accredited college. This is the largest creative awarding body in Europe.

NOTE: All level 3 courses carry the required UCAS points for university applications.

Where will it take me?

Foundation students progress to university or employment. Annually about 90% of our students decide to progress to university. They all successfully gain places. Our students progress to the very finest universities such as Chelsea, Central Saint Martins, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, London College of Fashion, Norwich, Southampton and many others.

Outstanding aspects and highlights

We love doing as many enriching things as possible. This ensures your educational experience is varied, challenging and positive. Recently art & design students have:

  • Various local, national and international trips and residentials
  • Visits to the studio and foundry of Laurance Edwards - internationally renowned sculptor
  • Various exhibitions - online and in a gallery format
  • Been selected and exhibited for the prestigious UAL 'Origins' exhibition in London
  • Presented nationally on the UAL 'Student Takeover' Instagram
  • 'Live' assignments and paid freelance work opportunities

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

The course

Focusing on the one subject you love and developing your skills alongside other like-minded artists is a truly brilliant thing. The happy days of art college will last a lifetime and launch you into a career.

Entry onto this course requires a level 3 Extended Diploma or A-levels. You will learn and develop a broad range of creative, technical and professional skills.

Our UAL Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Digital Arts pathway) is a challenging and rewarding course. This one-year course is for students wishing to have a multi-layered, fast paced, challenging and rewarding creative education experience. You will learn new digital artistry, games design, 3D digital, animation, graphic design and lens-based media/photographic skills. The course is a wonderful mix of structured workshops and the vital importance of independent art practice. These are delivered across different assignments in specialist studios with specialist staff. As courses progress students will focus more and more on their own creative interests and individual skills. This mix of very structured teaching and the culture of open expression are the core of our thriving Art & Design courses.

The courses and what you need to get a place:

For the UAL Level 3-4 Foundation Diploma Art & Design you will need a level 3 qualification/s. This is typically A-levels or an Extended Diploma.

What the courses cover

Creative and Technical skills:

  • 2D digital illustration and design skills
  • 3D digital skills - media and processes
  • Animation
  • Digital design - various software - including Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign)
  • Animation skills
  • Games design and introduction and development
  • Idea generation
  • Exploration and experimentation of media and processes
  • Independent development of studio work into own unique outcomes
  • Contextual studies - historical and modern international art and design - and connections to the wider world.

Professional Skills:

  • Working on 'live' assignments
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Working with focus and independence
  • Communication
  • Presentation of outcomes
  • Online professional social media profile

How will I be assessed?

All courses and levels are assessed against submitted coursework by a deadline - work with NO sat exams. All are assessed at Pass, Merit, Distinction levels against the qualification unit criteria.

We are proud to be a University of the Arts London (UAL) accredited college. This is the largest creative awarding body in Europe.

NOTE: All level 3-4 courses carry the required UCAS points for university applications.

Where will it take me?

Foundation Diploma students progress to university or employment. Annually about 90% of our students decide to progress to university. They all successfully gain places. Our students progress to the very finest universities such as Chelsea, Central Saint Martins, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, London College of Fashion, Norwich, Southampton and many others.

Outstanding aspects and highlights

We love doing as many enriching things as possible. This ensures your educational experience is varied, challenging and positive. Recently Foundation Diploma art & design students have:

  • Various local, national and international trips and residentials
  • Visits to the studio and foundry of Laurence Edwards - internationally renowned sculptor
  • National and International trips and residentials. In 2022 and 2023 80 Level 3 and level 4 students have the opportunity to travel to either the East Coast USA (New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC) (17 days) and South Korea (17 days) funded through the Turing Programme,
  • Various exhibitions - online and in a gallery format
  • Been selected and exhibited for the prestigious UAL 'Origins' exhibition in London
  • Presented nationally on the UAL 'Student Takeover' Instagram
'Live' assignments and paid freelance work opportunities

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

The course - what is it all about?

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From the very first moment you power on a PC you will be building games. And we mean this, by the end of day 1 you will have made a working game. It's important to us that a Games course is about games, developing hands on skills, using games engines, and become masters of industry level software packages to actually build games. Everything you will do is to an industry level and used to produce your very own games ready for platforms such as Steam or Itch.io. The Computer Games Design and Development course has a proven track record of producing outstanding games designers and artists with amazing successes at the FXP games festival winning 5 years in a row, industry recognition from companies such as Jagex (Runescape) and Talewind games not to mention outstanding achievement at the world-renowned BAFTA YGD awards.

Don't just take our word for it, this was said on gamesindustry.biz about one of our students.

"There is so much amazing talent out there - we've just hired this… developer who just turned 18 but he's running circles around us."
CEO Talewind games

Year 1 will introduce you to a variety of programming, art, and animation skills across a range of 2D and 3D projects. Our amazing team of talented staff will guide your games design journey through the use of programs such as Photoshop, Maya and most importantly Unreal Engine. Everything we do builds upon skills picked up in different sessions, working collaboratively across the design and development disciplines to make a well-rounded game that incorporates artistic, technical, and functional feedback loops and develops your skillset to produce inspiring industry level game experiences. By the end of year 1 you will be fully capable of making industry level games ready for production. Year 1 will introduce you to a lot of skills and techniques setting you up perfectly to really stretch your legs in year 2.

The second year focuses solely on developing you as an individual with each project allowing you to develop your own niche resulting in a bespoke portfolio to match your chosen progression route. Although your skills are developed in a game setting the ability to model in 3D, create inspiring artwork or problem solve through code opens doors to a wide variety of industries beyond a keyboard or controller. Our students have progressed onto university courses focusing on areas such as Music and Audio production, Cyber Security, Architecture, Animation, Illustration, and events management to name a few. The work you create in year 2 will not only add new skills with randomisation and data sets but also push your work to a much wider audience, with games jams, competitions such as BAFTA YGD as well as shows and events to showcase the exceptional work you will produce. The year is capped off with an end of year exhibition which is visited by thousands of people on the opening night alone.

This course is all about making games and will give you the perfect start to your career in the games industry.

What the course covers

Creative and Technical skills:

  • 2D design and asset creation skills
  • 3D modelling and animation skills
  • Coding and scripting with world leading games engines
  • Digital; various software - including Unreal Engine, Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere Pro) and Autodesk Maya
  • Audio for games
  • Idea generation
  • Play testing and feedback of new games
  • Exploration and experimentation of media and processes
  • Independent development of studio work into own unique outcomes

Professional Skills:

  • Working on 'live' assignments
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Working with focus and independence
  • Communication
  • Presentation of outcomes
  • Online professional social media profile

The courses and what you need to get a place

  • UAL Level 1 Diploma in Art, Design and Media (1 year)
  • UAL Level 2 Diploma in Digital Arts (Art & Design) (1 year)
  • UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design & Communication (internal pathway: Games Design and Development) (2 years)

What level will you do? To gain a place a level 3 you will need to achieve at least four GCSEs at grade 4 or above. We would like at least one of these GCSE's to be in Maths or English subject areas. If you feel you may not achieve this benchmark, then a level 1 or level 2 course will be the perfect first step into further education. Our level 1 and level 2 programs are all outstanding and inspirational courses. We are however flexible to individual circumstances as one size does not fit all. At interview (do not worry it is a very pleasant meeting!) we will discuss with you your entry skills and explore your individual options and levels. All will be fine!

How will I be assessed?

All courses and levels are assessed against submitted coursework by a deadline - work with NO sat exams. All are assessed at Pass, Merit, Distinction levels against the qualification unit criteria.

We are proud to be a University of the Arts London (UAL) accredited college. This is the largest creative awarding body in Europe.

NOTE: All level 3 courses carry the required UCAS points for university applications.

Where will it take me?

Level 1 and 2 students progress to levels 2 and 3.

Level 3 students progress to university or employment. Annually about 75% of our level 3 students decide to progress to university. They all successfully gain places. Our students progress to the very finest universities such as Chelsea, Central Saint Martins, Manchester, Nottingham Trent, London College of Fashion, Norwich, Southampton and many others.

Outstanding aspects and highlights

We love doing as many enriching activities as possible. This ensures your educational experience is varied, challenging and positive. Recently Digital Arts and Games Design students have:

  • Visited EGX - the UK's Largest Games Event
  • Taken part in FXP - part of Brains Eden
  • Taken part in worldwide competitions such as Bafta YGD
  • Taken part and run Games Jams
  • Collaborated with industry professionals to develop larger scale games

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