Welcome to Art & Design

Our Art & Design learning area boasts brand new facilities, including a photography studio and expert teaching. Alongside this, there are opportunities for national and international trips to destinations such as London and New York. You will also take part in live briefs and attend seminars presented by globally famous creative individuals. 

Itchen College has been totally amazing these last three years. I can't thank them enough for everything they've done for me.
- Ashley Knights, Art & Design student
In 2016, our Photography and Textiles A Levels had 100% pass rate.

Our Courses

Art & Design

Vocational Level 2

Read more

Fine Art

A Level

Read more


A Level

Read more

Interior Art & Design

A Level

Read more

Life Drawing

Vocational Level 2 & 3

Read more


A Level

Read more


A Level

Read more

Student success

Anna Parilo

Anna Parilo

Anna was an international student from Latvia who excelled at Itchen, particularly in her Art & Design subjects. At Itchen's annual Celebration Event, she was awarded the BandV Graphics Award, presented by Colin Breckenridge from local graphic design company BandV.

Anna achieved fantastic grades of A*, Distinction*, A* and B in Graphics, Fine Art, Media Studies and Textiles AS. 

Anna is now currently studying Graphic Design at the University of Brighton.

Department news

Shanghai Students Get Creative in Art & Design

Our international taster group from Shanghai, China have been working with our Art & Design department.  The Shanghai students took part in an Art class…

Read more >

Steven Wilson Returns To Itchen

On Friday 27 January, our Art & Design department was visited by illustrator Steven Wilson, who gave our students a guest lecture about the world of…

Read more >

Art & Design Visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour

On Tuesday 6 December, our Art & Design students went on a trip to the Warner Bros. Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter in Leavesden, Hertfordshire to…

Read more >
More News

Key personnel

Mike Viana - Art & Design Learning Area Manager

Mike Viana

Mike is a teacher of Graphics at Itchen. Before becoming a teacher, Mike worked as a Graphic Designer as part of several design companies, including the company BandV (Breckenridge and Viana) which he co-founded. The company still works with the college and is based in Bitterne.

Tim Riggs - Curriculum Manager

Tim Riggs

Tim is the Curriculum Manager of Photography. He has been a practicing freelance photographer for over 20 years, specialising in commercial photography. Tim also has several pieces of work in Southampton Solent University's permanent collection and has had images published in Life Imitating Art magazine. If you have any enquiries about taking Photography, please speak to him.

Annabelle Shaw - Curriculum Manager

Annabelle Shaw

Annabelle is the coordinator of Textiles and Interior Art & Design. She has exhibited work at the New Designers exhibition in London and works on commissioned interiors projects. As a freelance artist Annabelle also offers short courses in life drawing. Please speak directly with her if you have any interests in these courses.

Jon Lefley - Curriculum Manager

Jon Lefley

Jon is the Curriculum Manager for Fine Art. Jon has been a practicing designer and artist for 18 years. He has exhibited in numerous Birmingham galleries such as The Art Lounge and Sauce Gallery and has work in the permanent collection of global research laboratory Pfizer Inc. If you would like to take Fine Art or a related subject, please speak to Jon.