When & Where

Suitable For

  • 18 year olds and up are permitted on this course

Quick Facts

  • Availability Late starts accepted
  • Tutor Multiple
  • Course Code VFA002A

What you will learn

This introductory course provides those with an interest in art and design with the opportunity to explore materials, methods and processes, and to begin to develop practical skills within an art context. It also provides students with an opportunity to test their commitment and interest in the subject. It provides an opportunity to explore and develop the skills, knowledge and understanding required for progression within art and design education. The course is structured around 2D & 3D fine art processes - printmaking, sculpture, painting, drawing and mixed media. You will be encouraged to explore and experiment with approaches, materials and ideas, document your work in a blog, use a sketchbook, respond to project briefs, develop own ideas and build a portfolio of work for application to Level 3 UAL Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, or other advanced courses. Entry to the course is by application with portfolio.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use some of the materials, methods, processes and technical skills that support art and design activity
  • Develop an understanding of the context in which art and design activity is located
  • Explore drawing skills necessary to support creative activity in art and design
  • Develop an awareness of the value of research to support art and design activity
  • Develop an understanding of the role of communication skills in the development of ideas
  • Use the knowledge, understanding and skills developed throughout the course to identify, research and produce art and design project work


  • Full fee
  • Concession fee
  • This course may be available for free
  • Class format and activities

    This course will be delivered in-centre at Waterloo and online using Microsoft Teams. You will need a computer (PC/Mac, laptop, iPad/tablet or similar) and internet connection. A smartphone or camera is essential to record images of your work. The course will be delivered through a range of taught activities, as well as talks and discussions around artists and artworks. You will be encouraged to photograph practical development and outcomes, and to share images of work made in group discussions and crits, and to receive constructive feedback from tutors and peers. You will receive a course outline, timetable of sessions and topics by email in advance, and project briefs and resources ahead of classes, with options for 1:1 tutorial support, when appropriate.

    Entry requirements

    Entry to the course is by application form with portfolio images and tutor approval. To apply or for more information, please contact the Visual & Digital Arts Department on 0207 450 1934 / 0207 450 1872 or: shirley.ryan@morleycollege.ac.uk / ruth.abban@morleycollege.ac.uk / sue.eldin@morleycollege.ac.uk.

    What you need to know before you enrol

    This is a hybrid course delivered in-centre and online. Your tutor will provide feedback where possible. If you wish to join online, you will need to have access to a computer and to access Teams (Microsoft 365) via your Morley email (instructions to be sent in advance of the course start date). We plan to send out some materials to you via post but you will now need to supply most yourself. (Please see below). We have reduced the course fee to reflect this. There are 5 RFSA bursaries available towards fees for people on low incomes. To apply or for more information please contact the Visual & Digital Arts Department.

    What you need

    You will need a range of basic materials: sketchbook, paper, drawing materials (e.g. pencils, charcoal, ink), painting materials (e.g. acrylic paint), newspapers and card, glue, string, masking tape, scissors/craft knife, kitchen paper). It is useful to have a variety of additional materials (e.g. brushes, pots for water, rags, sponges) and old clothes/apron. For printmaking you will need tutor guidance on materials for particular projects, (these may include: water-based printing ink, roller, piece of glass/metal/mirror or plastic for rolling out printing inks. Your tutor will be able to recommend what you need, and where you can order from online shops, where necessary). If joining online, it is recommended to have a designated art place, however small, where you can work.