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Art and Design


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

Embrace your creative side and develop your skills with Creative Industries at Dover. 

Join our dynamic Creative Industries Department with courses designed for students who wish to specialise in Graphic Design, Branding, Product Design, Information Graphics, Fine Art, Illustration and Sculpture. 

Our creative classrooms offer cutting-edge technology, the latest equipment and creative spaces where you can complete your projects. You will also have guidance from our lecturers who can help develop your skills within all aspects of Art and Design based on their industry backgrounds and experience.  

Our Applied Art and Design pathway prepares you for work, apprenticeships or university by developing sector-specific skills and building a portfolio of industry-standard work. It will provide you with the technical, creative and theoretical skills required to achieve your dream career in this fast-growing and exciting industry or progress to degree level and beyond. 


Art and Design are situated on the top floor of the Vision building here at Dover Technical College. Within the department we have a range of equipment and creative spaces where you can complete your studies and projects, these include:

  • A Mac Room with access to Adobe Creative Suite
  • Photography Area with interchangeable backdrops and lighting
  • A separate Art Room for painting, sculpture, and drawing
  • Breath-taking views of Dover Castle and the surrounding area for inspiration!


By taking one of our Art and Design Courses here at Dover Technical College you could progress onto one of the following career paths:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Artist
  • Painter
  • Illustrator
  • Animator
  • Photographer
  • Designer – Fashion/Interior
  • Architect

Rebecca Upson 

Programme Director of Art and Design

I am the current Programme Director for Art and Design here at Dover where I specialise in teaching Graphic Design on both our Level 2 and Level 3 Courses. I have over 9 years experience working with the design and signage industry where I also studied to gain my undergraduate degree and master’s degree in graphic design at Canterbury Christ Church University.

If you have any questions about the courses we have to offer, please feel free to email me:


Bradley Wheatley

Lecturer in Art and Design 

I started working at Dover Technical College in September 2020, teaching Art and Design to level 2 and 3 students. I specialise in Fine Art, specifically drawing, painting and art history. The courses are full-time and are designed to enable people to work in a variety of Art and Design roles and settings. I really enjoy working with the students, especially our discussion groups where they have the opportunity to give their own opinions in relation to art and politics. It is very rewarding when a student demonstrates a passion for their work and expresses their opinions through their artwork.

Why people love Art and Design

Community Week - March 2021

Community Week - March 2021

The Level 2 and 3 Art and Design students created Thank You posters for the NHS workers as their community week project.

Click here to see their amazing art work.

 End of year exhibition

End of year exhibition

Welcome to our end of year exhibition; we would like to showcase to the public the work we have created for our final pieces from our latest project. Because of COVID – 19 we are unable to do it physically, so we are doing it virtually!

What you need to know about the Art and Design at Dover

Dan and Miya

Students were asked about their experience of college, the things they enjoy about their course and if they would recommend Dover Technical College as a place of study.

Click here to find out what more they had to say.


Career Prospects

Example: Graphic designers

 Annual pay
£16,640 - £35,360
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 19,814 jobs. In the same period, 71% of the workforce is projected to retire, creating 59,082 job openings.

Role description

Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.

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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 Dover Technical College

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

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Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Maison Dieu Road
Dover, Kent
CT16 1DH

01304 244332