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Art & design

Whether you’re a painter, potter or graphic designer, your creative and technical skills will flourish in our Art & Design department.

Learn through creating

As an Art & Design student, you will have the freedom to explore new ideas while developing technical skills in your chosen medium.

Your creativity will be enhanced with a unique learning environment. Truro & Penwith College offers purpose-built facilities containing specialist studios, exhibition spaces and inspirational views. These studios will provide you with an experience of the diverse creative industries.

You will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of work as well as a chance to exhibit in our exhibitions. Many students progress to university or to our successful Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, based at our Tregye campus.

Click above to watch our film about studying Art & Design at Truro and Penwith College and the career and university opportunities available to you.

Mark Dunford Art & Design Programme Team Leader
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Every year, students develop and explore new skills and ideas. They progress to prestigious universities and become part of the creative industries.

Mark Dunford - Programme Team Leader, Art & Design at Truro College

a variety of courses

We have a wide range of qualifications, from Access Courses, Apprenticeships and A Levels to Undergraduate Degrees. We also run IB Visual Arts as part of the IB Diploma. All of our tutors are experts in their fields, whether silversmiths, illustrators or interior designers, and will give you the support and tuition you need to achieve your outstanding potential.

inspirational settings

Studying with us, you’ll have access to industry-standard studios and vibrant exhibition space in the purpose-built specialist White building at Truro College and the refurbished Nanjizal building in Penwith, which offers space, light and fantastic views over the Penwith Campus and Mounts Bay beyond. Some of our adult part-time courses are also run in the inspirational setting of the Penzance School of Art, a beautiful building dating back to the mid-19th century.

learn and create

Through the study of art history, theory and techniques, you’ll be encouraged to explore and experiment with different ideas in a way that will spark your creativity and energise your practical work.

Select a pathway

Adult & Professional

Digital Arts

Part Time
Truro College
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The College offered me the chance to go further. I've really enjoyed learning with people who want to learn with you.

Anucha, A Level Illustration & Graphics, Fine Art and Mathematics
Anucha A Level Illustration and Graphics, Fine Art and Mathematics. She is smiling at the camera stood outside on the campus.


To apply for an art and design course at Truro and Penwith College, visit the course page on our official college website and complete your application online.

Entry requirements for art and design programs vary. Check the specific course details on the college website or prospectus or contact the admissions office for the most accurate and up-to-date information on entry requirements.

Graduates from art and design programs at Truro and Penwith College can pursue diverse career paths, including roles in Animation, Fine Art, Interior Design, Architecture, Fashion and Textiles and more. The field offers a wide range of opportunities in various industries. Visit the Career Zone or truro-penwith.ac.uk/career-zone to find out more.

Yes, students exhibit work locally and nationally, over digital platforms and live venues including the Mall Galleries, New Designers, Royal Society of British Artists and the British Art Medal Society in London. We also host our own annual Art Shows in Truro City Centre and Penzance School of Art, exhibiting artwork from all levels and courses.

The White building at Truro is a purpose-built art facility containing specialist studios and exhibition spaces. At Penwith, the Nanjizal building has space, light and views over the campus. These exceptional studios with fantastic resources, including the south west’s largest range of 3D printers, laser cutters and profilers, will provide you with an experience of diverse creative industries. Come and see for yourself at one of our Open Events. Visit truro-penwith.ac.uk/events.

We strongly recommend making an application for your chosen course as soon as you can when you are in your final year of school. After you have submitted your application, you will be invited to attend an interview where you can make amendments to your application if need be.

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