Canterbury College - Art & Design
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Art & Design


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

With its stimulating atmosphere, our Canterbury School of Visual Arts is one of the most exciting places to study in Kent.

Our creative courses allow flexibility for learners to develop their individuality and confidence, providing a comprehensive grounding in art & design disciplines.

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

Applicants that are 19+ please scroll down and click on the appropriate programme including higher education, and short and part-time courses.


As a student of Canterbury School of Visual Arts at Canterbury College, you will be able to hone your talents into skills that allow you to progress into the world of art.

The desired progression for many of our courses is for students to study at Art Schools and Higher Education.

We recognise that many of our students will also go on to become freelance artists, and therefore we provide a 'Work Ready' club where you will be taught vital networking and business skills that will prepare you for freelancing careers.

However, many of our alumni have progressed into organisations in a variety of job roles, such as:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Architect
  • Fashion Designer
  • Photographer
  • Gallery curator. 

Our onsite facilities are available for all students to develop their skills. All of our studios are industry standards. 

You can learn in: 

  • Three purpose-built art studios
  • Printroom
  • iMac Suite
  • Sculpture and ceramic studios
  • Photographic studio
  • HE art & design studios.

BRIT Kids at Canterbury College is one of our newest partnership schools. Hosted at Canterbury College,  BRIT kids offers classes in Theatre, Dance, Singing, Art Club, Digital Design and Film Making.

Students at Canterbury College benefit from 10% off all weekend classes at BRIT Kids.

Find out more here.

Career Prospects

Example: Artists

 Annual pay
£13,520 - £32,760
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.

Across the UK the workforce is projected to expand by 24% over the period to 2027, adding 12,215 jobs. In the same period, 71% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 36,420 job openings.

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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Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Canterbury College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Why people love Art & Design

Maddie Dungar

Maddie Dungar

Fashion student Maddie helps out at Kit Lifestyle in Broadstairs, after impressing the manager with her 'can-do attitude'.

Connor McCunn

Connor McCunn

Higher Education student at CSVA, Connor McCunn, was presented with the amazing opportunity to showcase his work in a Pop-Up exhibition in Canterbury’s Whitefriars Shopping Centre.

CSVA Fashion Catwalk

CSVA Fashion Catwalk

Fashion and Textiles students showcased their amazing designs at the CSVA End of Year Catwalk Show.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

New Dover Road
Canterbury, Kent

01227 811111