Our Facilities

The Creative Arts & Fashion department offers state-of-the-art specialist facilities that include specialist workshops in ceramics, life drawing, screen printing, 3D, photography, fashion, digital graphics and traditional art & design.

From fashion to art & design, digital graphic to photography these specialist workshops are supported by dedicated industry expert tutors on courses which have been designed to meet the needs of the creative industries. All courses work with industry to provide live project briefs and work experience opportunities.

The Arts Centre has recently been refurbished to provide an environment that supports the creative industries and includes a new theatre, TV gallery and motion capture suite. All of our equipment and software have been carefully selected to reflect what you will encounter in the professional world. Through inspirational study programmes, you’ll gain real-world skills, and industry knowledge, ready to set you on the road towards the career you’ve always dreamed of.

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Learn from the Best

Our highly qualified tutors have a wealth of experience in creative arts and fashion. They’re industry specialists and passionate about what they do, meaning that you’ll be learning from the best in the business, tutors with real industry experience and connections. As well as this, guest lectures and workshops with leading professionals in their field will inspire you to think beyond the studio workspace and feed your ambition. As well as the confidence needed to succeed in the industry, you’ll gain invaluable leadership and communication skills, which are vital for your future career. 

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Partnerships

The Creative Arts & Fashion department has developed a wide range of partnerships with sector leaders over the years. Through collaboration with industry, we make sure our programmes are in tune with technological advances, so that our students are well placed to either enter the workforce or move on to higher level study. These partnerships also provide our learners with meaningful industry work placements relevant to their chosen career path, as well as a positive learning experience.

Our industry partners and collaborators include Tate Liverpool and Baltic Creative. Creative Arts & Fashion also works with a large number of employers to support specialist areas, for example, Matalan and John Lewis for fashion students.

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Don't take our word for it

Former Creative Arts & Fashion students have a lot to say about what makes The City of Liverpool College a great place to learn…

Wayne (Freeman)

Foundation Degree Art & Design

“I turned my life around and rediscovered my love of the Arts at The City of Liverpool College. Without a doubt my tutors brought out my creativity and showed me how to express it creatively.”

WAYNE: It was my mother who encouraged me to go back to college, as my mother knew I could draw. On her deathbed, I promised I would get my graduation 'cap and gown' for her. So, I enrolled at The City of Liverpool College, where I studied UAL Level 2 Art & Design. My tutors were David Kinder and Sam Wood. I just thought I would be drawing in lessons, but David and Sam gave us exciting tasks, weekly, and encouraged our class every day in a relaxed environment.

This played a big part in my progress within the arts, even to this day. I came across working with clay through one of my classes with David, when we had to create a clay face. I became very interested in ceramics and began going to the clay workshop where Richard the Clay Technician helped me to learn more about ceramics (whilst still attending my normal classes).

After achieving my Level 2 qualification, I took some time out due to back and leg injuries, but as soon as I was well enough, I enrolled back at The City of Liverpool College to study on the foundation course. This got me back on track. I brought my passion for ceramics onto my foundation course and eventually achieved the foundation qualification which helped get me into Hope University. At Hope, I enrolled on a design course, where we studied textiles, metalwork and ceramics. After graduating from Hope, I bought a potter’s wheel and clay to use at home. I didn't stop. In April 2021, I heard about a job working at Granby Workshop. Granby workshop was formed by a group called 'Appeal' who won the Turner Prize, Granby specialises in architectural ceramics, from tiles and tabletops to earthenware, stoneware and household goods. I thought the role might have been out of my league, but I researched and learned more about it and I applied. Although I didn't get the job, two weeks later Granby Workshop contacted me, and I was asked if I was interested in doing some freelance work for them. It’s been nearly a year and I now work for Granby Workshop on a permanent basis.

My life has changed a lot in the last 12 years, I feel like I've come a long way from my darker days as an Alcoholic, who nearly gave up on life. I turned my life around and I rediscovered my love for the arts again. The City of Liverpool College gave me the start I needed and without a doubt my tutors David and Sam and Clay Technician Richard brought out the creativity I had inside me and showed me how to put it on paper and into whatever medium I wanted. My advice to anyone looking to make a change, is never give up. There are jobs out there within the arts, you just need to stick with it and apply when the jobs come up. Let employers know what skills and passion you can bring to their company. Always ask questions and don't let the fear of embarrassing yourself stop you. Good luck and thank you to The City of Liverpool College.

Ana (Blanco)

UAL Digital Graphic Design Level 3

“I work for Workshop Marketing (digital marketing agency) and definitively, all the skills I learnt on this course were crucial to me getting the job. I develop branding, animations, advertising, editorial and digital content, so I appreciate how the course helped me to approach any project, analysing it, researching, generating ideas and developing them.”

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