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Arts and Crafts

Whether you are a beginner or a practicing artist, our arts and crafts courses will let your creativity flourish while also giving you a chance to build on your knowledge.

Why study arts and crafts?

Studying arts and crafts not only allows you to express your creativity, but also to expand your knowledge and build on your current skills. It is a chance to explore skills you may not know you had, and meet new, like-minded people.

We have courses available across Dorset including painting, drawing, jewellery making, flower arranging, textiles and sewing, and much more. The possibilities are endless!

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What can I get from doing an arts and crafts course?

Our arts and crafts courses are not only a great way to learn a new skill and express your creativity, but our courses can also help you to boost your mental health and wellbeing and help you find yourself by giving you the opportunity to step away from the stresses of everyday life. Learning arts and crafts with us can also open doors to new opportunities as these skills are in high demand and can lead to a new career.

How can this help me support my career?

Studying arts and crafts with us can help you build on your skills to progress into a new career. We have a wide range of courses at different levels to help you work towards your goals including, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced, so whatever your starting point, learning with us is a great way to learn the basics or refine your skills. After completing one of our courses, you will have created a body of work that can be used to create a portfolio to enable you to progress onto further study options towards a new career.

Are there other additional qualifications I can do in this subject?

Our arts and crafts courses are unaccredited, but they can provide you with the essential skills and knowledge needed to improve your skills in art and build a portfolio to move onto further study and work towards a qualification.

Is there any funding for arts and crafts?

We offer a range of fully funded arts and crafts courses depending on your circumstances. Our courses may be free if you are unemployed, in receipt of benefits or on a low wage (under £20,319). If none of these requirements apply to you, you can pay for your course in instalments. For more information about our finance options, visit our finance page.

How big are the classes?

We offer small arts and crafts classes of no more than 10 people to help you get the most out of your course in a friendly and supportive environment.

Studying arts & crafts can…

Boost mental health and wellbeing

Meeting new people, learning a new skill and expressing yourself are great ways to boost your wellbeing.

Help you find yourself

Arts & craft classes are a chance to step away from our busy everyday lives and explore our creative sides.

Improve your job prospects

Arts and crafts skills are highly in demand and could be a future career.

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How do I enrol?

You can enrol for any of our courses in 2 ways:


Find a course and can click the ‘Enrol on this course’ button to be taken to an application form to enrol on the course.

By phone

Find a course and call us on 01202 123444. Please remember to check our opening hours first.

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