Design & Visual Arts


We offer a broad range of courses that accommodate a variety of specialisms from illustration, graphic design and photography. These are delivered using a range of teaching and learning settings including lectures, seminars/workshops, tutorials, 'live projects' and independent learning. This develops an environment in which our students progressively take ownership and direction of their learning.

Courses Available

Meet the Student

Art & Design Studies HE

"As a mature student, I didn't want to go away to study and having Canterbury College as a local option was great for me. It's a very hands-on and coursework-based qualification which suits me. I've ended up trying a lot of new things, thanks in part to the tutors who like to challenge you. It's been really great. There is also a good mix of mature and younger students, and we all get on well."

Mark Beechill - BA, 2016

Programme Coordinator Profile

Paul Crawley: MA Graphic Design, BA(Hons)Communication Media

"I enjoy teaching the diversity of students we have at Canterbury College. I particularly enjoy working alongside my students, watching them develop their skills. The highlight of the year is our end of year show where we all get to enjoy the work the students have produced."

Paul Crawley, 2016


The ability to generate creative ideas, employ a distinctive visual language and use intelligent thinking to understand and meet the needs of clients are all highly valued skills in our ever-changing and demanding culture.

Our art, design and photography courses encourage you to develop these attributes and apply them within your specialist areas of creative study.

Live project briefs will help you build up your portfolio in your specialist area. All courses contain units and modules with professional practice components that focus on how students can prepare for the workplace and employment.

What Employers Say:

“Over the past year I have been working with the Graphic Design students so that they have a better understanding of what is really expected of them in the real world. I have been impressed with the standard of work, so much so that we offered a work experience position to one student who has since gone on to find employment within the design field. I look forward to continuing FINALLY’s involvement with Canterbury College and meeting the next generation of graphic designers.”

Steve Howard, FINALLY design agency

Links with industries

Live briefs provide a valuable contribution to the course and bring a ‘real world’ perspective to the academic delivery of art & design courses.

Visiting practitioners include professionals from FINALLY, Karoshi, Represent and NB Studio. This gives students the opportunity to make connections with employers, set up placements and conduct research.