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Creative and Design

With its stimulating atmosphere, our Creative and Design department is one of the most exciting places to study in Kent.

art and design student drawing

Get taught by practising artists

Our creative courses allow flexibility for learners to develop their individuality and confidence, providing a comprehensive grounding in a range of creative and design discplines.

Our students are taught by highly qualified tutors, many of whom are practising artists.

Paul Hodge, our Programme Director for Art, has exhibited his work widely across the UK, most notably in ‘Figure’ at Burghley Sculpture Park, ‘Art in the Dockyard’, Chatham and ‘The London Group Centenary Exhibition’.

Art and design student cutting with staff memeber Paul heping.

Master Artistic Expression with Visual Arts

From photography to fashion, fine art to graphic design, you can specialise in an area of the Arts that you enjoy and want to excel in.

Art and design student painting

Harness the Power of Digital Media storytelling

Discover how to captivate an audience through film and television, games design or journalism and creative writing.

Student using the darkroom

Progression Opportunities

We get you ready for employment through meaningful work placements or links with our industry partners.

Photography student, Isobelle, showed off her exhibition in our end of year show, and has now gone on to study Visual Communication at the University for the Creative Arts.

Ashford student artwork of a face.

Curate Exhibitions that showcase your work

You will contribute to our End of Year Shows that take place in Ashford Town Centre and are open to the public.

We also host some of our artworks in College, for staff, students and external guests to see all year round. We also work with local charities to auction off student artwork and raise money for good causes.

Isobelle standing next to her art exhibition showcasing a skull.
Outside shot of Ashford College

Career prospects

Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.
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We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the diverse communities we serve.