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Visual Arts

Our Creative and Design department offer a wide variety of Visual Arts courses specialising in a range of art forms.

Get Ahead with Higher Education

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Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Prepare for a degree in fine art, photography, graphic design or illustration with this course.

This course will kickstart your future in Higher Education as you learn the foundation knowledge needed to progress onto a full undergraduate degree.

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Foundation Degree in Art – Creative Professional Practice

Study a brand new course that has been designed and written in conjunction with academics and employers in the visual arts.

This course will blend and develop emerging artists and  designers’ own practice to equip them with the skills necessary to work professionally in a wide range of careers.

BA (Hons) Visual Arts (Top-Up)

This is a top-up degree course for students who have already completed the Higher National Diploma or equivalent who are seeking an in-depth creative experience.

Unlock Your Creativity

You will have the opportunity to gain industry experience as you work with local businesses, galleries and artists to create inspiring pieces and promote the diverse world of Visual Arts.

Curate and 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.


student artworks in an exhibition

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.

Lucy progression story

Impress at Skills Competitions

Students are encouraged to enter skills competitions as a way to improve confidence in their ability and further embed knowledge.

Graphic Design student, Billy, placed gold at the WorldSkills UK National Finals in Manchester.

Billy preparing for the Graphic Design tasks at WorldSkills23.

Students take part in unique work experience opportunity

30 October 2023
Graphic Design students got the chance to see their creative concepts realised thanks to a project with Keel Toys.
students taking part in a Keel toy, showing off what they have made

Adult Courses

Whether you’re looking to begin a new career, upskill or simply take up a new hobby, we’ve got a course for you!

Our range of short courses are specifically designed for adults. These are held in the evenings and we often offer multiple course dates to suit working adults.

Students gain positive industry experience from the Streets Ahead Collective

Visual Arts students have helped transform the former Saffron Café in Canterbury High Street into a pop-up art shop, selling a collection of art designed by students, local artists and clients from Catching Lives, an independent charity supporting the homeless and vulnerably housed.


Level 3 Art and Design student Holly, said about her time working for Streets Ahead: “I’m appreciative of the experience this has given me. Not only have I been able to expand my business knowledge, but we’ve also been able to expand the art offer within the city. As Canterbury is such a tourist spot, there’s such a wide audience for art and culture, so it’s been great to be part of a project that can showcase local artists and get students’ work into a more public space.”

Be 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 disciplines.

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

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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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.

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.

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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 diverse communities we serve.