South Essex College

South Essex College

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South East Essex College is a major provider of FE and HE education in the north Thames Gateway.

We are based in excellent new facilities in a central Southend campus which includes the University of Essex (East 15). The College has opened a second campus in Thurrock (Jan 09) and has plans to build major centres in Grays and on an adjacent site in Southend.

We are a member of the NSA Founder College Group and are delighted to work closely with partner Colleges and Industry partners.

We have excellent links with industry from Essex based SME’s to major organisations such as Universal, KSS Architects, NHS and BBC. All set live briefs which are undertaken by our students across all levels.

The Faculty of Media and Creative Arts is comprised of a diverse range of creative programmes from level 1 – Introductory Diploma through to BA Hons. Over 1200 Further Education students and 400 degree students study within the Faculty.

Our staff are active practitioners as well as skilled teachers, many exhibit or produce work nationally. The Faculty is the main force behind the Southend Festival held each year in June. We have Nikon Academy status and have gained Apple Accredited Training Centre status for both education and industry and are recent Beacon Award winners for Art & Design. The Faculty passed through Gateway 1 to deliver the Creative and Media Diploma from September 2008 and is involved in three other consortia to deliver the Diploma in 2009 and 2010. We are also at an advanced stage of delivering Creative Apprenticeships within the region.

Our HE students exhibit in our own Campus Gallery, plus external venues in Southend, as well as participating in New Blood, New Designers, Brick Lane and Graduate Fashion Week. Our students have been recent award winners with D&AD; (Graphics 08), Nikon Documentary award (07, 08).

Our FE students undertake community projects in public venues throughout Southend and hold major shows in our studios and Campus Gallery, as well as major Fashion Shows in June.

To support the Building a Creative Nation campaign, South Essex College has:

Employed an apprentice

Hosted a careers event

Joined the Building a Creative Nation campaign

Part of the Creative Employment Programme

Provided career advice

Set up a paid internship