North Hertfordshire College

North Hertfordshire College

Organisation: North Hertfordshire College

North Hertfordshire College is the major provider of FE and HE education in Hertfordshire.

The Academy of Creative and Cultural Industries is based at the Centre for the Arts (CFA) in Hitchin and consists of curriculum areas which including Art, Design & Media.

The Centre for the Arts is a dedicated arts centre and includes a professional gallery space with a full programme of exhibitions, several large theatre spaces and several dance studios with a regular programme of shows throughout the year.  The Academy of Creative and Cultural Industries is also a member of the National Skills Academy (NSA) Founder College Group.

The Academy enrols approximately 1000 full-time learners on a wide range of further and higher education courses from Level 1 through to Foundation Degrees. The Academy also recruits learners through Creative Apprenticeships and is one of the colleges that passed through Gateway 1 to deliver the Creative Media Diploma from September 2008. The Academy also delivers a wide range of part-time courses and several full cost professional development courses.

Art, Design & Media and Performing Arts offer a broad range of courses at Level 1 to BA (Hons) Degree. The majority of full-time learners are aged 16-19 and study on BTEC Introductory, First and National Diploma courses or the new Foundation, Higher or Advanced Diploma courses in Creative Media. The largest course is the Foundation Diploma (Post 18) course which recruits learners post A-Level. The curriculum areas also run Foundation Degree courses in Creative Enterprises (Fashion & Textiles and Performing Arts) and a range of part time professional development courses including Photoshop, Digital Photography, InDesign, and Photography.

All staff are practitioners and continue to practice and exhibit nationally and internationally. The Art, Design and Media students take part in a number of ‘live projects’ including the prestigious ‘Clothes Show Live’ in Birmingham.