Design & Visual Arts

We are Number 1 in Greater Manchester for Achievement!* If you would love to be designing the clothes seen on the catwalks of Paris and London, exploring your creative ideas using drawing, photographing the events and scenes that can shape the world, designing the logos for the next Olympic games or crafting digital artwork for an international company, then a course in Design & Visual Arts could be perfect for you.

With a range of areas to focus on – from exploring fashion trends and working with textiles to developing graphic design skills and crafting pieces of fine art – you’ll be able to follow your passion and work towards your dream career in one of the fastest growing employment sectors in the UK. Jobs in the creative industries are expected to grow by at least 20% in Greater Manchester, so start learning new techniques, building experience, and perfecting your business acumen with us today!

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  • Whether you want to be a fashion stylist or product designer, jewellery maker or sculptor, all the latest tools you’ll need will be readily available and at your disposal, with a range of workshops and staff who continue to practice professionally. We have a host of specialist resources, including printmaking equipment, fashion garment construction areas, workstations for digital artworking, and darkrooms & studio space for photography.

  • Each course, regardless of your focus, will provide you with loads of hands-on experience and the opportunities to create your own projects and masterpieces. You’ll get the chance to showcase your work in galleries and presentations and could even find yourself enjoying research trips abroad – perhaps to fashion shows in New York or Paris!

  • All our design & visual arts diploma courses are certified by the University of the Arts, London (UAL), the only specialist creative arts awarding body in the UK. You could take a short, six-week introductory course to indulge your creative side, complete diplomas in design, jewellery-making or photography, study for a Foundation Degree in contemporary art practice, or enrol on an HND in Fashion. The choice is yours!

  • Our Design & Visual Arts department is spread across three campuses at The Manchester College – Northenden, Openshaw and Shena Simon. You’ll find a variety of art & design courses, dedicated workshops and specialist resources at each of our locations, with our city centre Shena Simon campus focusing on Fashion courses, and our Northenden campus delivering Jewellery and Photography courses.

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Available Courses

Art and Design (Photography)

Level 2

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Fashion and Textiles

Level 2

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Jewellery Making

Level 2

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In one of The Manchester College’s 19 Centres of Excellence you’ll develop the skills and gain the qualifications that you need to take the next steps towards your dream career.

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Top Careers Opportunities

Product designer

Average salary: £29k

Fashion designer

Average salary: £29k

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Arts officer / producer / director

Average salary: £34k

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Average salary: £28k

Sarah Clements

Studying at The Manchester College has furthered my knowledge of photography and I’ve learnt a lot on my course. It has been really enjoyable and has helped me develop as a photographer and work to a professional standard. I would like to study photography at university, and it’s then my intention to travel and photograph the world.

Sarah Clements • Photography Level 3, UAL
Maeve Geary

The College was the stepping stone to my journey back into education that I could barely have dreamed of and am most grateful for.

Maeve Geary • FdA Art and Design

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