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What career opportunities can this lead to?

Students will progress to developing sustained compositions. There are also other art courses offered by the college which would offer further development and practice opportunities.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements for this course.

What does this programme involve?

This course offers a series of sessions which progress step by step through theory, practical work, discussion and demonstrations. You will look at a variety of styles and the methods these styles employ.

You will look at the work of well known artists and discuss their ideas, paintings and drawings.

By the end of the course you will be able to create a piece of art-work that takes colour, tone, pattern, texture, form, shape and composition into account, that you will enjoy making and looking at/exhibiting.

A College Certificate is awarded on request.

How is the programme taught and assessed?

You will learn through theory, where useful, including looking at the work of well known artists and discuss their ideas, paintings and drawings. The course will include plenty of demonstrations (at least one each session) and one to one and group tuition. We use a mixture of primary and secondary reference materials (about 50/50).

What else do I need to know?

This course is suitable for those with little or no experience in drawing and painting.

Students will require drawing pencils including a 2B pencil, drawing paper, eraser and sharpener.

All students will need basic art equipment but this can be purchased individually if wished as the course progresses.

Dates for the diary

Our part-time open event is held every June. For specific dates and times please see the events section of our website or telephone 023 8091 1270.

How do I apply?

Apply by clicking on the APPLY NOW link on this page. Alternatively, you can apply by completing an application form through our Adult and Community Learning team by telephone 023 8091 1270 or via email at

*Fees will apply if you are over 18. You may be eligible for fee support or a loan. To find out an accurate cost, based on your individual circumstances, please contact our Adult and Community Learning team.

Course Code


Session Venue Starts Days Time Weeks Fees* 24+ Fees*
G517A Thornden School 24/9/2018 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 10 £150.00 £150.00
F965A Dovetail Centre 27/9/2018 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 10 £155.00 £155.00
G517B Thornden School 21/1/2019 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 9 £136.00 £136.00 Apply now
F965B Dovetail Centre 24/1/2019 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 9 £139.00 £139.00 Apply now
G517C Thornden School 29/4/2019 Mon 19:00 – 21:00 9 £136.00 £136.00 Apply now
F965C Dovetail Centre 2/5/2019 Thu 10:00 – 12:00 9 £139.00 £139.00 Apply now

* Please note that although this tool looks to give customers the best indication of course costs, a final cost can only be confirmed once all submitted information is verified by our information, advice and guidance team.

Need any further advice?

If you require further advice and guidance about any course costs and/or the funding options available to you, the College has a dedicated Adult and Community Learning team who can be contacted on telephone 023 8091 1270.

The Equality Act

The College wishes to ensure that it complies with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010. If you are a disabled person, please ensure that we know what you need so that we can make all reasonable adjustments to help you succeed.

Please note all courses descriptions may be subject to change.

Frances, 68

Frances, Building an Art & Design Portfolio

Frances began studying at Eastleigh College to get a qualification in quilting, and is now on her way to achieving an Art degree!


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