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
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
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
or go along to an open event as there are still some spaces
available on courses for this academic year.