Whether you're looking to study for a year, six months or develop your skills in the evening, Blake College has you covered for Art and Design.

We offer a mix and match variety of courses accredited by Pearson, Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Photography, Fashion, Fine Art and Graphic Design.
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Digital Photography

Projects are designed to develop practical and creative skills that will inform your digital process.

  • Operate a professional digital camera on location and in the studio
  • Produce high quality digital images
  • Use professional editing software to enhance photographs
  • Prepare images effectively for print and web

Practical Photography

This hands-on course will prepare you for the rigors of a demanding industry. You will also gain an appreciation for traditional analogue techniques and their place in contemporary practice.

  • Operate a film camera on location and in the studio
  • Process film in a darkroom and produce handmade prints
  • Develop an understanding of lighting design and use professional flash equipment
  • Conceptualise a shoot from storyboard to final edit

Photography Workshop

Our workshops provide the skills and experience necessary to create a stunning photographic portfolio.

  • Form connections between technical aspects of photography and visual outcomes
  • Shoot portraiture, reportage, still life and landscape photographs
  • Process film and implement creative darkroom processes such as toning, bleaching and hand tinting
  • Develop a professional portfolio of work


Focus on advancing your research skills and explore a variety of design visualisation techniques used within the fashion industry.

  • Develop a concept from design phase to final piece
  • Establish an appreciation of modern trends and their historical context
  • Explore a variety of materials and media to develop your own individual style
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Dissect the qualities of colour, texture, surface and form to express original and unrestricted ideas.

  • Examine the tactile and visual elements of materials
  • Create surface pattern artwork, textural fabrications and 3D forms for application in interior design, fashion and installations
  • Apply techniques including weave, knit, tie-dye and batik using pastels, wax, bleach, sponges and stencils amongst other media


Explore visual concepts through the creative use of words and imagery for commercial, experimental and personal projects. Our studio is equipped with state of the art Apple Macs including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and InDesign software.

  • Design magazine, CD and packaging as well as advertisements, logotype and corporate branding
  • Analyse typographic design and graphic image making
  • Combine digital and traditional processes

Digital Imaging

Both technical and creative, this course is suitable for beginners and those who want to extend their knowledge. The skills acquired are applicable across art, graphic design and photography.

  • Use Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver on state of the art Apple Mac computers.
  • Manipulate and composite images
  • Create logos, typefaces and illustrations
  • Design innovative and original websites


This course will encourage you to respond creatively to realistic briefs and a multitude of media such as animation, music and poetry. Wider illustrative genres are considered including comics, street art, cartoons, children's books and magazine illustration.

  • Communicate ideas and stories to an audience
  • Develop a visual narrative for a commercial product
  • Examine key themes and contemporary imagery


Painting & Drawing

Covering both observational skills and the expression of the imagination, this course opens the eyes to the so called 'real world' and channels ideas and experiences into colours, lines and shapes.

  • Apply core concepts to all art and design areas such as colour theory, composition and drawing
  • Develop proportion and perspective in your own style
  • Use gouache, acrylics, watercolours and oils

Life Drawing

Focuses on responding to the nude human figure in its many forms. Drawing exercises encourage students to overcome initial reservations and advance personal expression.

  • Draw life size with a focus on collage, tonal studies, contour breakdown, plane intersection and colour
  • Develop a versatile and refined visual sensitivity

Art & Design Theory

Critique the past century of art and design movements through a series of lectures, class discussions and exhibition visits.

  • Analyse visual and verbal stimuli
  • Examine theories within their historical context
  • Develop an analytical framework for contemporary practice

Spatial Design

Projects develop an understanding of everything from compact living space to sprawling urban environments.

  • Design plans, cross sections, elevations and axonometric drawings
  • Create original interior and exterior architectural spaces based on analytical investigation
  • Work with traditional techniques and 3D media