Ways to study with us

What we offer and the entry requirements


The A-Level pathway is designed for students who are not ready to specialise in one art and design subject or who would prefer to keep their options open. The A-Level pathway will allow students to enjoy the best art and design courses in the North East, as well as gaining academic qualifications that will provide an additional layer in their creative career prospects To study four A-Levels on a A-Level Pathway, students will need five GCSEs at A* - B/9-5 including Maths and English at minimum C/4 grade plus a portfolio of artwork and evidence of written work.


UAL Diplomas (Level 2 or 3)

At CCAD we have a UAL Diploma to suit different levels - each of them allow the opportunity to learn and progress either onto further education, university or direct employment. All diplomas are awarded by University of the Arts London Entry requirements are: Level 2 Diploma Students will need 4 GCSEs D/3. Students will also need to demonstrate their commitment and interest in art & design through a portfolio of work
Extended Diploma (Level 3) An Extended Diploma is two years long and requires a minimum of 4 GCSEs C/4 including Maths and English (it is possible if you have a D, but you would have to commit to resitting) and a portfolio of work.

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UAL Foundation Diploma

Art Foundation courses are for those aged 18+ (normally post A-Level students) considering a degree in art and design. With the increasing diversity of art and design related degree subjects, knowing which one is best for you is an important decision, it’s why most creative degrees recommend studying Art Foundation prior to commencing a degree subject after A-Level study. Entry requirements are: 1 A-Level + 3 GCSEs Maths and English minimum C/4 & Portfolio

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The course is designed to give opportunities for those returning to education or mature (19+) students, to achieve a higher education qualification. You must be a minimum of 19 years old to study this course

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