Access Creative College

Introduction

Our Mission Statement:

To develop the next generation of creatives through innovative, practical, employment-led training.

Our Vision Statement:

To be the leading college for the creative industries.

Access Creative College

  • is a national creative college
  • focuses on providing a creative alternative to sixth form or FE college for 16-18s, but welcomes older learners
  • has a growing higher education offer
  • operates in eight locations across England
  • was founded in 1992 and celebrated 25 years of creative education in 2017.
  • is the new brand name of Access to Music Ltd.

Our Latest Inspections

In May 2016, Access was awarded a ‘Good’ grade in a full Ofsted inspection. Inspectors highlighted the following key findings:

  • Tutors use their comprehensive and up-to-date industrial and commercial experience to deliver high-quality learning experiences.
  • Learners benefit from extensive enrichment activities and work-experience opportunities with excellent employers.
  • Learners receive particularly well-tailored, individual support that helps them to progress and achieve well.
  • Learners develop their confidence and are highly motivated to gain specialist skills in the music industry.

Access was awarded Grade 1 Outstanding by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (March 2017). They found that ‘course provision, teaching and learning are outstanding and exceed expectations’.

Education & Industry Connections

Access works in partnership with awarding bodies, such as RSL, in developing qualifications and with other colleges and training providers.

We also have a number of connections directly within the industry to give our students a heads start.

Equality, Diversity & Disability

Access aims to promote equality and diversity in everything we do by:

  • creating a positive and welcoming environment for people to learn, work and engage across their wider community;
  • treating all people fairly and with respect and giving them all an equal opportunity to learn and progress;
  • encouraging people from different backgrounds to continue to learn and to achieve their potential in life;
  • adhering to legislation and regulations, and supporting legal requirements;
  • reflecting our commitment to equality and diversity in all of our courses and activities;
  • working proactively to combat discrimination, encouraging and promoting equality and celebrating diversity.

Access emphasises inclusiveness, openness and fairness, offering a positive outlook on the many differences, as well as similarities, that can affect how people interact with each other.

We value the abilities and skills that all individuals bring with them. Our courses and opportunities are designed to be accessible to everyone regardless of gender, race, disability, physical ability, mental capability, education, sexual orientation, religious belief, values, age, personality, experiences and culture.

Disability

Access is committed to promoting and supporting learning for every individual.

We therefore fully support the rights of students with disabilities and learning difficulties/disabilities to attend their place of learning and receive support as appropriate and feasible. We work to provide an inclusive learning environment with a curriculum that ensures that the learning needs of all individuals are met appropriately.

Access To Music welcomes the objectives set down in the Equality Act (2010). Our Single Equality Scheme provides an important framework for achieving partnership between disabled people and public bodies to produce better services, careers, more inclusive environments and communities.

If you consider that you have a disability, a learning difficulty or a particular personal support need, we will work with you to ensure reasonable adaptations are made to meet your needs.

Our admissions process allows you to identify your support needs at an early stage, so that we are able to put in place any support you may need.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

This school also offers:

Courses

Artist Development Course

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you’re an already experienced music artist then the Artist Development programme is the perfect way to refine your music and brand in preparation for professional work. [+]

If you’re an already experienced music artist then the Artist Development programme is the perfect way to refine your music and brand in preparation for professional work.

In many ways, it’s like working with the A&R department of a record label and you will get feedback and advice from real industry players from the ADD Music label.

EVALUATE YOUR ACT Objectively analyze your repertoire, brand, and audience. REFINE YOUR MUSIC & ACT Develop your live and recorded repertoire and learn how to communicate and entertain. DEVELOP YOUR BRAND & AUDIENCE Improve your brand image and communications with your audience. SHOWCASE YOUR ACT Showcase the results of the development process and prepare for professional work or further study. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]

Games Art Course

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love computer games and would like to create designs for your own, then this Level 3 Games Art course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university. [+]

If you love computer games and would like to create designs for your own, then this Level 3 Games Art course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university.

DESIGN ENVIRONMENTS, OBJECTS, AND CHARACTERS Create digital concept art for characters, objects, and environments using Autodesk Maya/Mudbox and Adobe Photoshop. LEARN HOW TO BUILD 3D WORLDS Get to grips with building game-ready characters, animations, and environments. CREATE GAMES FROM START TO FINISH Experience the full games development cycle using 3D games engines such as Unreal Engine 4 and Unity. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Understand how the games and media industries work and how to market yourself successfully. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]

Games Development Course

Campus Full time 1 year September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love computer games and would like to start producing your own, then this Level 2 Games Development course is perfect for you. [+]

If you love computer games and would like to start producing your own, then this Level 2 Games Development course is perfect for you.

LEARN ABOUT THE GAMES & MEDIA INDUSTRIES Understand how the industry operates. CREATE ART FOR GAMES & MEDIA PRODUCTS Create art and animation for games and media using Autodesk, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. GET EXPERIENCE AS A GAME DEVELOPER Plan, pitch, create and test a games project using Autodesk and GameMaker. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Get business savvy by creating a personal portfolio website to promote your own work as a professional. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing this Games Development Level 2 course is the beginning of your journey into the creative industries.... [-]


Games Technology Course

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love computer games and would like to develop and programme your own, then this Level 3 Games Technology course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university. [+]

If you love computer games and would like to develop and programme your own, then this Level 3 Games Technology course is the perfect way to prepare for a creative career or university.

LEARN THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GAME DESIGN & APPS Learn about the fundamental design principles and techniques for creating games and interactive applications using Autodesk Maya and Adobe Photoshop. WORK WITH ADVANCED GAMES ENGINES Familiarise yourself with high-end 3D game engines, such as Unreal Engine 4 and Unity, using scripting and node-based systems. TEST YOUR OWN GAMES Create test cases and experience bug tracking, focus testing, and quality assurance. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Understand how the games and media industries work and how to market yourself successfully. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]

Music Production Course

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love creating, producing and mixing music using technology then this Level 3 Music Production course is a perfect way to develop your skills for creative work or university. [+]

If you love creating, producing and mixing music using technology then this Level 3 Music Production course is a perfect way to develop your skills for creative work or university.

IMPROVE YOUR MUSICIANSHIP Develop your understanding of how music works. WRITE & REMIX SONGS Master the art of creating tracks using DAWs and remix tunes by other artists, working in fully equipped Apple Mac tech suites using Logic DJ YOUR MUSIC Explore the option to DJ your music at live events. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Get the skills to promote yourself and your music within the industry. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing this Level 3 Music Production course will give you the skills to go on to university or into creative work.... [-]


Music Technology Course

Campus Full time September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love creating, producing and mixing music using technology then this Level 2 Music Technology course is a perfect way to start developing your skills. [+]

If you love creating, producing and mixing music using technology then this Level 2 Music Technology course is a perfect way to start developing your skills.

IMPROVE YOUR MUSICIANSHIP Develop your understanding of how music works. WRITE & REMIX SONGS Start writing your own tracks using DAWs and arrange tunes by other artists, working in fully equipped Apple Mac tech suites using Logic. MIX LIVE & STUDIO SOUND Set up and mix sound in both live and studio set-ups. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Learn about working in the music industry. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing this Level 2 Music Technology course is the beginning of your journey into the creative industries.

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing areas of the UK economy and a great and exciting place in which to work.... [-]


Sound Engineering Course

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love the science of sound and mixing, manipulating and mastering music in recording studios and live venues, then this Level 3 Sound Engineering course is the perfect way to develop your skills for creative work or university. [+]

If you love the science of sound and mixing, manipulating and mastering music in recording studios and live venues, then this Level 3 Sound Engineering course is the perfect way to develop your skills for creative work or university.

THE SCIENCE OF SOUND Develop your understanding of how sound and acoustics work. STUDIO SOUND Gain skills in recording from studio design through to miking, mixing and mastering. LIVE SOUND Work in a variety of live sound environments, setting up PA and monitors and mastering the art of live mixing. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Get the skills to promote yourself in the industry. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER

Choosing the Sound Engineering Level 3 course will give you the skills to go on to university or into creative work.... [-]


Video Production & Photography Course

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you love everything about video production and photography and would like to work in that field, then this Level 3 course is the perfect way to prepare for university or creative work. [+]

If you love everything about video production and photography and would like to work in that field, then this Level 3 course is the perfect way to prepare for university or creative work.

PLAN, SHOOT & EDIT VIDEO Plan and script video concepts in collaboration with clients where required. Direct video shoots, working with actors/featured people to get the best results. Edit and produce the video using Adobe Premiere, adding graphics and effects in Adobe After Effects. BUILD A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTFOLIO Develop a portfolio of eye-catching images using DSLR cameras and image manipulation/ organization using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Apply these to web applications. DEVELOP BUSINESS SKILLS Learn about the video and photography sector and creative business practice. START YOUR CREATIVE CAREER ... [-]

Foundation Year

Audio & Music Technology Foundation Degree

Campus Full time 2 years September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you want to gain the audio and tech skills to work as a professional producer and sound engineer, then this foundation degree offered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University is for you! [+]

If you want to gain the audio and tech skills to work as a professional producer and sound engineer, then this foundation degree offered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University is for you!

REFINE YOUR PRODUCTION SKILLS You will undertake an in-depth study of audio production processes, from initiation to final mastering, alongside the development of key musicianship skills. From this, you will produce a body of creative work. DEVELOP RECORDING AND MIXING SKILLS Learn how to engineer sound recording projects, both in the studio and on location. You will examine sound manipulation technologies and refine listening skills for mixing. INVESTIGATE THE SCIENCE OF SOUND Get to grips with the science behind the sound. You will study sound theory, analog and digital audio principles, room and instrument acoustics, as well as the design and application of audio systems. INTERACT WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY You will get to understand the contemporary music industry, working on commissions from clients and on self-directed projects, which will develop your industry practice. REASONS TO CHOOSE US Delivered in partnership with the 2017 University of the Year, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), which has the excellent satisfaction and employment rates. Practical, vocational content. Foundation degrees are less ‘academic’ than full degrees. Flexible study options – you can hop off and on. You can top up to a full degree at Nottingham Trent University which can lead to a Masters. Entry requirements are lower than for a full degree – 64 UCAS points which is a pass/pass/merit grade... [-]

Music Performance Foundation Degree

Campus Full time September 2018 United Kingdom Shoreditch Birmingham Manchester Norwich Bristol Lincoln York + 6 more

If you want to gain the musicianship and business skills to work as a professional musician or vocalist, then this foundation degree offered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University is for you! [+]

If you want to gain the musicianship and business skills to work as a professional musician or vocalist, then this foundation degree offered in partnership with Nottingham Trent University is for you!

BUILD A COMPOSITION & ARRANGEMENTS PORTFOLIO You will engage in a variety of composition and arrangement projects, working on your own and with others. You will also compose a piece of music for visual media. DEVELOP RECORDING SKILLS Learn how to work effectively in recording studio environments, working with other musicians, sound engineers, and producers. You will also gain an understanding of the development of recording technology and how this has impacted on music. ENHANCE YOUR MUSICIANSHIP & PERFORMANCES You will focus on developing your musicianship including sight reading, listening skills, and improvisation. You will perform in a variety of situations, both solo and in groups, and you will integrate the use of technology to enhance your performances. INTERACT WITH THE MUSIC INDUSTRY You will get to understand the contemporary music industry, working on commissions from clients and on self-directed projects, which will develop your industry practice. Reasons To Choose Us Delivered in partnership with the 2017 University of the Year, Nottingham Trent University (NTU), which has the excellent satisfaction and employment rates. Practical, vocational content. Foundation degrees are less ‘academic’ than full degrees. Flexible study options – you can hop off and on. You can top up to a full degree at Nottingham Trent University which can lead to a Masters. Entry requirements are lower than for... [-]