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Northumberland College takes arts course into thriving cultural hub

Northumberland College takes arts course into thriving cultural hub  
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Northumberland College has launched an innovative new arts programme that takes learners straight into the professional art world.

The Level 3 Foundation Diploma course in Art and Design is for 16 to 18 year olds and is being launched in conjunction with Breeze Creatives in the heart of Newcastle City Centre at Commercial Union House, a thriving cultural hub.

Breeze Creatives comprises arts, theatre craft makers and dancers to be one of the North East's leading contemporary galleries.

Patrick O'Doherty, Programme Area Leader for Arts at Northumberland College, said: "This ground-breaking course is unlike any other in the North East because the development and learning will take place in an environment saturated with professionals within the arts and across the most diverse of fields.

"The aim of this course is to educate students so that they can make informed decisions about the direction of either Higher Education study or work within the creative industries."

The Foundation Diploma combines Level 4 elements that will help students to explore and adapt media and the entire course is characterised by experiential, experimental and integrated learning, which means students will develop hands-on skills. All students from this course, previously only based at the college's main campus, have progressed to university or employment, some to prestigious arts centres including The Glasgow School of Art.

Stuart Cutforth, Principal of Northumberland College, said: "This partnership is just one example of our innovative approach to curriculum here at Northumberland College and it gives our students real experience within the North East's vibrant creative arts hub."

Northumberland College is the best performing college in the North East with student success rates that are also fourth best nationally for 16-18 year olds studying long courses, with a learner success rate of 91.1% and an achievement rate of 97.5%.

Anyone wishing to find out more about courses should email the college's Student Services team on or go along to an open event as there are still some spaces available on courses for this academic year.