Degrees at Harrogate College

Did you know higher education courses don’t have to be studied at university? If you’re interested in art, graphic design, leadership and management, or biomedical science, you can now study a degree and stay local at Harrogate College.

Whether you’re a school leaver, looking to stay local, want to balance study with part-time work, or return to higher education – enjoy a flexible university experience that complements your lifestyle.

Our new higher education provision offers aspiring learners a choice of four full or part-time degrees that you can study here at Harrogate College.

Study a high-quality degree that works for you – not the other way around. It’s also not too late to apply for a September 2021 start.

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You will have access to our excellent facilities, be taught by our expert staff and benefit from:

  • High-quality university education you can study locally
  • A curriculum designed with employers in mind
  • Full or part-time study (up to 3 days a week) that fits around other commitments
  • Lower course fees than typical universities
  • An optional bespoke master class
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment at Harrogate College – including art studios, specialist graphic design software and science laboratories for biochemistry and physics
  • Extracurricular social activities – with the opportunity to develop leadership skills
  • Student finance eligibility (if you haven’t received it before)

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Art Foundation Degree

Unlock your artistry and apply your chosen practice to today’s art industry with this full-time course. You’ll refine skills and studio knowledge and develop an understanding of how art and commerce can coexist for a future career. Collaboration and critical thinking are key.

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Art & Design Foundation Year

Gain artistic self-awareness and understanding with this creative programme that will prepare you for higher education. In addition to creating a portfolio and attending galleries and workshops, you’ll get to grips with creative thinking, innovative working methods and will define your specialist area.

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Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences Foundation Degree

Whether learned from experience or education, this is an ideal course for anyone with a basic knowledge of biology or chemistry. Taught almost entirely in laboratories, you’ll use industry-standard equipment and operations to unpack and explore concepts that link the human body, diseases and drugs, and prepare you for employment.

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Creative Practice Master’s Degree

This course centres on exploring and experimenting in your chosen artistic field, with the opportunity to refine and understand your skills further. Art history and theory, critical thinking, reflection, and research are combined with understanding today’s marketing and collaboration.

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Game Development Foundation Degree

With access to industry-standard game engines and by merging 3D and 2D art with programming elements, this two-year course will equip you with everything needed to develop your own games. Creative and logical skills are combined with hands-on projects, while industry practice and workflows are introduced to prepare you for a future in gaming.

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Leadership and Management Foundation Degree

Develop skills and concepts that are essential to operating as a manager or supervisor with this course. Extensive modules will prepare you for a working environment that balances interpersonal and strategic thinking and always considers your chosen specialised field. This course will introduce you to all aspects of management and prepare you for employment or further specialism.

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Graphic Design and Illustration Foundation Degree

Use state-of-the-art tools to develop your visual communication skills and industry understanding. Take your first-career steps by fulfilling live client briefs and individual design projects. Creativity is core in this full-time course.

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