Creative Arts

The creative sector is a thriving, exciting and evolving environment. At South Downs College you have the opportunity to study in variety of areas, from fine art, textiles, drama and performing arts to music.

Our staff have all worked in the creative industries so you can be sure they’re sharing relevant knowledge. We offer a huge range of trips and residential visits to enrich your studies and we regularly welcome guest speakers.

Our facilities give art students the opportunity to work in the full range of mediums across craft and design. We are proud of our specialist printing studio with a range of printing presses including a 160 year old Albion flatbed press, silkscreen developing unit and storage racks for keeping work safe.

Textile design students have two specialist studios fitted with sewing machines, dyeing facilities, knitting machines and a heat press. Individual work stations allow students to work on projects without sharing table space.

We offer industry-standard, state-of-the-art facilities for music, drama and dance, including fully equipped computer rooms with access to Steam platform, custom media suites with high-quality editing software, music production suites with Logic Pro X and a custom-built recording studio.

We have three public venues for performances: our theatre, studio theatre and recital room. So there’s plenty of space for you to show off your talents.

You’ll be encouraged to take part in competitions, exhibitions and performances to put your talent into practice and interact with a real-life audience and visitors.

My experience at South Downs was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

You take control of your own learning…they (South Downs College) were really helpful and always willing to do anything and go that extra step to help me get my grades.

Scarlette Tiller, A Level student

I got into both of the Universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

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