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Create your perfect career with an Art & Design course

17-21 February is London Fashion Week #LFW; five days of designer fuelled fun, buckets of creativity and a look at what we’ll all be wearing next season! Held at creative venues across the capital, from The Store Studios to the Tate, inspirational spaces rarely fail to get the creative juices flowing.   

At the South Bank Arts Centre, Bedford College our Art & Design students are limited only by their own creativity. Think first-class facilities and big white walls offering plenty of exhibition space. There’s an art gallery, industry standard media and music suites, 3D model making and animation equipment, screen and silk screen printing, dark rooms, drawing studios, TV and recording studios, editing suites and graphic design studios with the latest Apple Macs.


It’s the place to study for exciting careers in fashion, photography, animation, design and more. Former Graphic Design HND student Kirsty got a job as a Junior Creative for Ted Baker and is now working for Crew Clothing. Two more of our Graphic Design students won a prestigious YCN award for a brief for GAP Jeans; in fact, this was the 7th year of the department winning a YCN award competing against universities. Our Fashion & Textiles students have visited Morgan Davis Wedding Dresses in London and textiles designer Maxine Sutton.

Fashion savvy or not, here you will build your portfolio, make indispensable contacts, and experience working in the creative industry. There are plenty of opportunities to exhibit work, both locally and nationally, at exhibitions including New Designers in London and the more local, Photosapiens exhibition here in Bedford.

Girl in white dress

The End of Year Show in the South Bank each June is another opportunity to showcase their work from the past year. Last year, the theme of the catwalk show was “The White Project”. Among them was the work of Megan Schneider (1st year HND student), selected to submit her work for the internationally recognised 2016 Hand & Lock prize. Her project focused on creating skilfully embroidered and embellished fashion fabrics that stand the test of time, under the project title ‘Objects of Desire’.

And it’s not just our students who steal the show. Our tutors have all had successful careers in a variety of creative industries ranging from design, fashion, film and photography.  Tutor David Litchfield won a national award for his book The Bear and The Piano, which took first place in the Best Illustrated Book category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize awards.  

We offer full-time and degree-level courses in Fashion & Textiles, Graphic Design, 3D, Fine Art, Photography and Animation.

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