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Creative and Design

With its stimulating atmosphere, our Creative and Design department is one of the most exciting places to study in Kent.

student working on an artpiece on the tablet

Get taught by practising artists

Our creative courses allow flexibility for learners to develop their individuality and confidence, providing a comprehensive grounding in a range of creative and design discplines.

Our students are taught by highly qualified tutors, many of whom are practising artists.

Ben Kidger, Head of Visual Art, is a talented and established artist, sculptor and gallery curator. He holds an extensive portfolio of sculptures and completes commission work for clients. He has worked internationally, most notably in the Middle East on projects with refugees.

staff member Ben Kidger

Master Artistic Expression with Visual Arts

From photography to fashion, fine art to graphic design, you can specialise in an area of the Arts that you enjoy and want to excel in.

Harness the Power of Digital Media storytelling

Discover how to captivate an audience through film and television, games design or journalism and creative writing.

Progression Opportunities

We get you ready for employment through meaningful work placements or links with our industry partners.

Photography student, Lucy, has earned a place on The Marlowe’s Theatre list of freelance photographers.

student artworks in an exhibition

Curate Exhibitions that showcase your work

You will contribute to our End of Year Shows that take place in Canterbury City Centre and are open to the public.

We also host some of our artworks in College, for staff, students and external guests to see all year round.

Lucy progression story

How you apply for a course at Canterbury College

Step 1 – Find a subject you’re interested in

Explore our range of Creative and Design courses here at EKC Canterbury College.

Step 2 – Apply

Apply for the subject you have selected, through our website and application system.

Step 3 – Come to an interview

Come to an interview here at EKC Canterbury College, where you get to meet our team, show off your previous work and find the course that is right for you.

Career prospects

Annual pay
Annual pay is per year, based on full-time employment and on the South East region.
Role description
Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.
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Fashion student Maddie helps out at Kit Lifestyle in Broadstairs, after impressing the manager with her ‘can-do attitude’.

Maddie Dungar

“I enjoy experimenting with different materials, and I love that we have access to different studios such as the print room and the sculpture studio. These facilities are fantastic and really help inspire different ideas.”

Bianca Albeanu
Art & Design course

Art & Design students worked with professional artist Freyja Crow to brighten up some of the hoarding in Canterbury.

CSVA Social Action

We’re part of six community-based colleges

Our mission is to play a leading role for East Kent in developing the economic and social prosperity of the communities we serve.