Visual Arts at B&FC

Employment within the creative industries is growing at four times the average rate of the UK workforce (according to statistics from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport).

Exciting opportunities are available in areas such as illustration, graphic design, fashion design and photography. 

At B&FC you will have access to a unique creative environment with contemporary studios, think spaces and a stunning public gallery.

A diverse range of programmes are taught by subject experts, who are still active within the industry and passionate about supporting you to find your creative niche.   

Discover how B&FC can help you begin or advance your career in creative arts.

Contact us on 01253 504 343 or email

Visual Arts programmes


The creative and digital sector in Lancashire accounts for 6% of the workforce and there are increasing opportunities in areas such as illustration, graphic design, fashion design, web design and photography. 

Creative and digital businesses total 4,500 across Lancashire, with leading employers including Bespoke Internet, Graham and Brown and MotionLab. In Manchester, creative hubs such as Media City and the Sharp Project are providing additional opportunities.

Most popular career routes:

  • Graphic Designer
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Fashion Designer
  • Fine Artist
  • Illustrator
  • Set Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Photographer
Average annual wage in this sector
Number of jobs in the North West
Graphic designer working on a laptop

What our staff and students say

Why choose B&FC?

Employability First

Employability First

Our courses are co-created with more than 1,800 local, regional and national employers to support your future success.

Expert Tutors

Expert Tutors

Our tutors are specialists in their subjects and help you develop the skills you need to be successful. They regularly spend time in industry to keep their knowledge and experience up-to-date.

Personalised Learning

Personalised Learning

Your own personal progress tutor will help you to settle in, keep you informed about upcoming events and provide ongoing support and guidance. We also offer confidential counselling.

Learning Support

Learning Support

If you have a disability (including a specific learning or mental health difficulty) we will help you to access the support needed to manage your studies as independently as possible.

Getting Here

Getting Here

With our FREE or discounted Blackpool Transport travel pass, eligible students get unlimited use of any Blackpool Transport bus or tram. Our FREE shuttle bus links Poulton-le-Fylde with Bispham Campus.

Career Planning

Career Planning

Our free careers service includes expert advice and resources to help with making career choices, applying to university and coaching to get you ready for employment.

Students' Union

Students' Union

Our Students' Union runs a variety of clubs, societies and events, all aimed at giving you the best student experience possible. You could also get involved as a rep or elected officer.



Sports are big at B&FC and there are lots of fitness activities and College teams for you to join, facilitated through our all-weather pitch, sports hall and fitness suite.

Food and Drink

Food and Drink

From smoothies to sub rolls, we offer a wide range of low-cost food and drink plus a FREE healthy breakfast for everyone and FREE meals for eligible students.
Eligibility applies

Work experience opportunities

B&FC works with a wide range of leading companies, offering specific industry placements that offer valuable sector experience.

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Industry-standard facilities

We’re constantly investing in our facilities to provide a first-rate learning environment with cutting-edge resources.

Photography studio

Our state-of-the-art studios replicate an industry setting, with expert tutors and technicians on hand to support you to develop your craft.

Art gallery at Blackpool and The Fylde College

Our stunning public gallery offers a wonderful exhibition space that has hosted works by Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin.

Student working on a Mac

Industry-standard resources and ‘live’ briefs allow you to develop your creativity within a commercial context, to enhance your employability.

Upcoming Events

Latest News

Strong recovery growth is predicted with expectations construction will return to pre-Covid levels in 2022. The amount of construction work in the North West is set to grow by 4.5% by the end of 2025, with private housing being the fastest growth area.
Today, in a fitting end to English Tourism week, Blackpool and The Fylde College welcomed employers as part of B&FC’s sector-based work academy programmes (SWAP).
The Blackpool Pride of Place Partnership has brought together a group of leaders from business, the public sector and the local community to create a ‘Digital Vision’ for Blackpool.

Apply for a place!

It's easy to apply - you just need to click on your chosen programme then click on the 'apply' or 'enquire' button. Some workplace programmes even have an 'enrol' button so you can sign up there and then.

Complete the quick and easy application form then wait for our professional and friendly Admissions Team to get in touch.

How to Apply

How to find us

University Centre
Park Road
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Bispham Campus
Ashfield Road
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Lancashire Energy HQ
Squires Gate Lane
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