Prestigious art body awards Blackburn courses

A North West College has been selected as a partner by Europe’s top Art and Design awarding body. Blackburn College has been hand-picked by the University of the Arts London (UAL) to deliver the level 3 UAL accredited extended diploma across all its art, design and media courses in addition to the level 2 Art and Design provision.

The College is one of five in the region and one of only 60 colleges in the UK to be accepted to deliver the programme due to its state-of-the-art teaching and facilities.

Unlike other awarding bodies, UAL are a specialist art and design awarding body whose courses are written by professionals at the cutting edge of the creative arts industry based in the top London universities. Made up of six of the most prestigious arts schools in the country – Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Wimbledon College of Art, London College of Fashion, Chelsea College of Art and Design, Camberwell College of Art, and the London College of Communication – UAL is Europe’s leading Art and Design body.

The first course accredited by UAL to run at Blackburn College was the pre-degree Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which is now in its third year.

Howard Sharples, head of centre at the College, says: “We are thrilled to be chosen as one of only a handful of colleges in the UK to deliver UAL accredited courses.

“The courses will cover all the major disciplines, including photography, fashion/textiles design, graphic design, interior design, art and design, creative media production and will enable students to go on to either the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which is a higher level pre university course.  Other students may also want to progress directly to university or our own University Centre at the College.

“The courses will be delivered in our brand new creative arts building with excellent specialist facilities including gallery space, drawing and painting classrooms, 3D classrooms, a photography studio, creative computer suites, 3D workshop, professional printing press and screen printing facilities.  We’re even building a new separate media and music facility on the campus in time for next year’s intake.

“Studying a course accredited by the UAL will look great on any art students’ CVs, so I encourage anyone interested to get in touch.”

The courses will be delivered from September 2012 and students can enrol by completing an application form online at or by contacting student services at The Hub on 01254 292929.


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