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Creative Art and Design (SEG Award – Level 1 Certificate)

  • Ages: 18+
  • Term: Spring
  • Length: 20 weeks


This 20-week course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal creativity and will give you a comprehensive introduction to a variety of art forms.

To book your place today, simply click the 'Book Now' button to be taken to AUB's secure online store, where you can complete your booking. You can also sign up to our newsletter for short course updates.

What you need to know

Spring term 2025

Thursday 6 February – 10 April 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 29 March 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Continuation in summer term 2025

Thursday 17 April – 19 June 2025 (10 Thursdays, 18.00-21.00)

Saturday 31 May 2025 (09.00-16.00)

Please note, it’s not possible to enrol on this course part-way through. You’ll need to attend from the start date in February

You’ll be expected to complete projects, exercises, and research outside of your sessions at AUB. You’ll be provided with more details about timelines and project submission deadlines at the start of the course.


Suitable for adults aged 18+.


Beginners or anyone with some experience who want to refresh or develop their skills further.

Experience or qualifications required

None – this is an introductory course. We have no formal academic entry requirements for our short courses. However, it will be beneficial if you’ve already completed one of our Art, Design, Drawing and Painting short courses or possess some art experience.

If you'd like to discuss if this course is suitable for you, get in touch with us: or 01202 363222.



You can choose to secure your place with a deposit of £400 and pay the remainder of your fees in one further instalment of £439. Simply, choose this option when booking your place online. The total balance of your course fee is payable by 1 October 2024. See our T&Cs (below) for further details.

Any additional costs

You'll need to provide an apron for this course. This'll incur an additional cost if you need to purchase it for the course. See the 'What to bring to class' section below for full details.

Additional materials and resources will be provided by AUB and is included in your course fee. Your SEG registration fee is also covered by your fee.

  • Notebook and pens/pencils to take notes
  • Apron or wear clothes that you don’t mind getting messy
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Short Courses FAQs – Evening and Weekend and Saturday Art School

If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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Short Courses booking T&Cs

Please read our Terms and Conditions carefully before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

About this course

This 20-week Skills Education Group (SEG) Level 1 accredited qualification will enable you to practice and hone your skills, boost your confidence, and develop your visual voice.

Having a Level 1 qualification will prepare you for further learning, give you the skills to progress in your current job, or equip you with new skills needed to change your career path.

This course is specifically designed to give you an introduction to developing your personal creativity realise your artistic potential. You’ll receive a thorough introduction to various art forms and design elements through a range of sessions that have been developed to balance theoretical concepts with hands-on practical experience. This'll give you a solid understanding of the fundamentals of visual expression, providing you with the opportunity to begin the development of your personal portfolio.

Throughout the course, you’ll undertake a series of projects underpinned by demonstrations, experimentation, and practical workshops. Through these projects you’ll have the chance to experiment with a variety of disciplines, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, and construction. Along the way, you’ll acquire essential artistic skills through hands-on activities, with emphasis placed on mastering basic techniques and developing your personal creative style.

  • Basic media and materials handling practice
  • Fundamental art and design techniques
  • Planning and preparation including research methods
  • Developing skills and creativity using a variety of media and materials
  • Working to a brief
  • Visual language
  • Art History and context
  • Portfolio development

At the end of the course you'll:

  • Be prepared and confident in taking the next step in your creative journey, including pursuing further academic studies
  • Possess improved artistic skills, including both essential and progressive techniques
  • Have developed investigative research techniques
  • Be able to apply media appropriate to your intentions
  • Have a sound understanding of different mediums and associated tools and how to use them effectively and safely
  • Be able to work to a set brief and develop suitable ideas and bodies of work in response
  • Possess an enhanced ability to visually communicate your ideas and develop your visual voice
  • Have increased confidence in your own skills and feel inspired
  • Have boosted creativity and imagination
  • Feel encouraged to learn new ways of working with industry standard software
  • Be able to tackle a brief and create interesting solutions 
  • Possess the foundations to continue creating beyond this course
  • Leave with a sketchbook of experimental and finished works in a variety of mediums
  • You can request a certificate to confirm your achievements, providing you've a 100% attendance record. To request a certificate please get in touch with us at and confirm your name and the title of course you've completed

Will I be assessed?

Yes, if you complete this 20-week programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria set by Skills Education Group (SEG) you’ll be awarded an accredited Level 1 Skills Education Group certificate.

The final assessment of work submitted for moderation will be graded by SEG as either pass or fail. Assessment can include practical tasks, assignments, presentations, and portfolio reviews. In the Saturday sessions you’ll meet individually with your tutor to discuss your progress.

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Meet your tutor

Alison Board

Alison Board

Alison is a highly talented, creative artist and dedicated educator, whose many diverse talents include dance, performance, and fine art.

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We're a first-choice provider of art and design short courses for anyone wishing to engage in art and design subjects in their spare time.

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