Blake College

Blake College

Description

Blake is a small, friendly, independent college in North London. Established in 1986, we offer courses in Fine Art, Photography and Digital Media, as well as Fashion, Interior and Graphic design.

We provide a lively, informal learning atmosphere where students are treated as individuals and are given personalised guidance and support throughout their course. We have developed a happily distinctive ethos, tailoring a suitable programme of studies for each student and encouraging them to develop their own enthusiasms while offering a great deal of flexibility. Our small size allows us to get to know all our students as individuals so that we can help them to realise their personal potential and guide them towards achieving a creatively fulfilling future. Blake is refreshingly different from the many large and impersonal colleges that may be well established and prestigious but are often not flexible enough to meet the needs of the individual student.

As an accredited qualification centre we can offer a range of internationally recognised qualifications.We also receive some government funding which we use to offer reduced fees or free courses to qualifying students.

Students normally stay for a full academic year but can come and go for shorter or longer periods because of the structured, modular and project based nature of the courses.

The College takes its inspiration from William Blake, the eighteenth century painter, poet and mystic who was also an artisan managing to make a living within the society around him while remaining true to himself.

Former Student Reviews
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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design course in London
5.0 2 opinions
Blake College
  • BTEC
  • London
  • 32 Weeks

...Design and/or wishing to enter Higher Education. By the end of this course you will have an excellent Graphic Design portfolio which will help you to enter... Learn about: Graphic design, Art design, Design techniques... More


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Illustration course in London
5.0 2 opinions
Blake College
  • Course
  • London
  • Different dates available
  • 10 Weeks

...An illustration catches a mood and instantly conveys a message about the subject or product. Students are trained to get inside a project, opening up... Learn about: Story Writing, Illustration drawing, Comic illustration... More


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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Interior Design course in London
5.0 excellent 3 opinions
Blake College
  • BTEC
  • London
  • Different dates available
  • 32 Weeks

...also be obtained from a more specialised built to focus on year area of interest right from the start. These could either be taken as vocational qualifications... Learn about: Textile Design, 3d design, Printed Fabric Design... More


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  • BTEC
  • London
  • 32 Weeks

...to enrol and will need to pay a deposit. International students will also be asked to pay part of their fees up front and will be issued with a CAS.... Learn about: Digital arts, Photography Lighting, Digital Designing... More


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  • Short course
  • London
  • Intermediate
  • Different dates available
  • 6h - 4 Weeks

...This course will cover painting, drawing, sketching around London, Sculpture and curation. You will have plenty of opportunities to explore London's vibrant... Learn about: Figure Drawing, Gallery sketching, Drawing landscapes... More


£ 1,300
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  • Course
  • London
  • Different dates available
  • 10 Weeks

...We have students who are at varying levels; some are beginner while others already work in the industry. At the end of your course we would expect you to have a level 3 qualification... Learn about: Communication Training, Packaging Design, Corporate branding... More


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  • Course
  • London
  • Different dates available
  • 10 Weeks

...Taking the qualities of colour, texture, surface and form students dissect and analyse these elements, disregarding preconceptions and expressing new ideas... Learn about: Interior Design, Flat Artwork, Textural Fabrications... More


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  • Course
  • London
  • Different dates available
  • 10 Weeks

...Video Production moves through the sequence of pre-production, production and post-production which means hands-on experience of planning, shooting and editing... Learn about: Digital Editing, Video Production, Camera Operation... More


£ 2,500
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  • Course
  • London
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  • 10 Weeks

...The course covers how to survey, scale and draw both plans, sections and elevations as well as axonometric drawings. Projects range from compact living... Learn about: Design Methodology, Spatial Planning, Design techniques... More


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  • Course
  • London
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  • 10 Weeks

...Practice in figure and fabric drawing using paint, pens, inks, pencils and a range of different papers accustom students to bodily proportions and the natural hang of fabrics... Learn about: Illustration drawing, Fashion Drawing... More


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Reviews on Blake College (7)

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BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design

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Doreen Katt
5.0 26/05/2017
What I would highlight: I am currently studying at Blake College and I must say that, in my view, this is an awesome college! The teachers are all very understanding and I can say that this is the best college I have been two in a long time. I would highly recommend Blake College to anyone else, you really must go there, it's also the best working and learning environment I have seen so far. Thank you very much Blake College!
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Interior Design

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Marina Cervi
5.0 30/01/2017
What I would highlight: I think this is the best art college ever! All teachers are excellent, and I am including here the administration staff as well, very dedicated students and very good infrastructure! As for the IT facilities, they are modern and accessible to all students. I feel I have made really good friends from the college. I would highly recommend Blake College to anyone willing to start their career in Arts! Thanks!
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Interior Design

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Marina Cervi
5.0 30/01/2017
What I would highlight: I think this is the best art college ever! All teachers are excellent, and I am including here the administration staff as well, very dedicated students and very good infrastructure! As for the IT facilities, they are modern and accessible to all students. I feel I have made really good friends from the college. I would highly recommend Blake College to anyone willing to start their career in Arts! Thanks!
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Illustration

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Elizabeth
5.0 23/01/2017
What I would highlight: I recently finished the Illustration course at Blake College. I truly think that the quality of teaching in the college is extraordinary. The tutors have time for you and teach the subject in a very advanced way, but at the level of each individual in the class. The equipment is of a high standard and is always availiable. The exception is the computers sometimes because most of the college needs them.The teaching staff at Blake College prepare you not only for University but also for real life, my experience has been great.
What could be improved: Nothing.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Interior Design

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Jeanine
5.0 20/11/2016
What I would highlight: The BEST art college experience I have ever had. Amazing teachers who give you so much and work hard to support you to get to where you want to be. Small class sizes mean you get to know other students and get so much contact time with teachers, something you won't get anywhere else, and before you know it you are part of the family! This is a college that genuinely cares about you and tailors the courses to your needs. You will meet people from all walks of life, sharing experiences, learning from each other and nurturing each other's creativity. Come to Blake - you won't look back!!!
What could be improved: Everything was positive.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

Illustration

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Fernanda Navilli
5.0 01/01/2016
What I would highlight: The course is perfect for everyone, from the beginners to advanced. Every class we were doing more than only drawing, the activities were designed to encourage our creativity and better define our personal style. The teacher is amazing, before the course I thought I couldn't draw at all and nowadays I work as an illustrator!
What could be improved: That is not a very long course, I didn't want to stop :)
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Graphic Design

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Sylwia Anielak
5.0 01/09/2013
What I would highlight: Excellent College to choose. Very friendly and professional teachers. I learned a lot from basic to more advanced. Blake College is really great studying at, you will improve and learn a lot.
What could be improved: I use to travel very long journey to get to College but it was worth it.
Would you recommend this course?: Yes
Did this opinion help you? Yes (0)
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Teachers and trainers (10)

Andrew  Williams
Andrew Williams
Digital Photography/ Photography Workshop teacher

Andrew teaches two of our photography classes and is an experienced professional photographer as well as a Member of the British Institute of Professional Photographers and National Union of Journalists. http://www.andrewhwilliams.co.uk/

Anne-Louise Kinsella
Anne-Louise Kinsella
Textiles teacher

London based Textile & Surface Designer: Experienced studio designer + international sales & freelance projects. Educator: @ Morley UAL Kensington & Chelsea Arts, London Museums, Schools & Educational workshop leader & Youth Mentor. Community projects all ages & abilities.

Bill Ling
Bill Ling
Practical Photography teacher

Bill teaches our practical photography class at Holborn Studios, giving students access to professional studio and darkroom facilities. He has worked internationally as a fashion photographer and his editorial credits include Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Brides magazines, for whom he has photographed in various countries around the world. He holds a PGCE teaching qualification, and has been a Blake tutor for 7 years http://www.billlingphotography.com

Emma Wood
Emma Wood
Printmaking/ Paining & Drawing teacher

Gal Sapir
Gal Sapir
Digital Imaging/Digital Animation teacher

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Advantages of studying here

You will study in small groups (4-16 students).

You will be taught by professionals who are actively involved in the subject they are teaching, providing you with a unique insight into your chosen profession and usefull contacts.

Every new full-time student will have an initial meeting with the Director of Studies or the Assistant Director of Studies, to get to know them and to give advice on the most suitable courses and qualifications.

The teacher will be with each class the whole time.

If you want to change classes or the direction of your course you can discuss this at any time with the Director of Studies who will normally allow the change if the reason is clear.

Every full-time student will have three individual sessions with their personal tutor throughout the year to discuss progress and to give advice on portfolio presentation and further progression. If you feel you need help with English, form-filling and university applications, your tutor will assist you you with this.

At the end of each project (normally every 6 weeks) you will be given individual feedback about your work from your teacher in each class. In most classes you will also get group feedback.

Areas of specialisation

We are a BTEC qualification centre accredited by Edexcel and all our courses can lead to an internationally recognised qualification, although entry is not obligatory. Our students generally achieve results above the national average. External examiners ensure that students' work meets expected standards.

The BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art and Design is the popular route to prepare for entry to university study. A diagnostic course that encourages you to explore and experiment with different pathways, media and materials in order to identify and specialise in your area of interest. You will develop a portfolio and work on a self-set major project. This is the highest qualification currently offered at the College.

BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas and Certificates are more specialised courses that allow you to focus on an area of your interest right from the start. These qualifications can be either taken as vocational qualifications in their own right or they could form an alternative route for entry to Higher Education.

We also offer our own Diplomas and Certificates which are at the same level as the BTECs but allow more flexibility.

You will be given individual advice on which qualification will best suit your needs and which combination of courses is the most appropriate.