Art Subjects

We have a fantastic range of creative courses at every level - discover your talent and meet new people.

These courses are especially designed for those who are self-motivated makers and artists, who want to develop their existing skills to become practising professionals.

3D Ceramics

Film Making


Painting & Drawing


Book Art

Book Art has been flourishing at RACC since 1987. These courses include book and document repair, as well as traditional binding. We offer a range of courses in our uniquely equipped department. All grades of learner are welcome, from beginners through to professionals, who can all enjoy the specialist facilities, experienced tuition and relaxed workshop environment.

Book Illustration

Interested in illustration? We have courses in children's book illustration, where you'll be encouraged to develop your imagination and personal visual language through the use of technique and style. You can also develop your digital image-making skills by embarking on a course in Adobe Illustrator.


We offer specialist courses in the ancient art of Calligraphy and Lettering for all levels, from beginners through to those wanting to refine their existing skills in rendering Roman and Italics, and develop their creativity in this area. Your experienced tutor will introduce you to historic and contemporary examples of letter forms to provide a contextual understanding of this unique art form.

View all Book Art, Book Illustration and Calligraphy courses here.

Our fully equipped ceramic and sculpture studio enables students from beginners to professionals to realise their ideas in clay. With a range of kilns, glazes and classes students will find unlimited avenues to explore. This area has long been established with professional ceramic artists as tutors. A yearly ceramic competition supported by St Helena's Trust celebrates the range of work that is created here. From complete beginners to advanced practitioners.

View all Ceramics & Sculpture courses here.

These are fun and practical courses are designed to give you an opportunity to create things together with your family. You and your child/children will be introduced to many possibilities through exciting projects during the course.

Saturday Pottery for Families

Family Picture Books

Block Printing Tote Bags for Families


Have you always admired how friends are able to design and sew their own clothes or soft furnishings? Our brand new textiles studio and professional tutors will enable you to achieve your goals. You can learn how to use a sewing machine for the first time, progressing to designing and making your own fashion garments.

View all Fashion, Creative Textiles & Sewing courses here.

Our Film and Video Editing departments have a designated digital suite and studio. We are well resourced with professional equipment, current industry standard software and a team of dedicated tutors who are also working professionals. As moving images grow within photography we have developed more specialist courses. We are also offering short introductory film courses for beginners to explore the potential of making and editing your own video.

No matter the season, RACC has a floristry course to suit! In the spring and autumn, we offer Floral Decoration and Arrangement classes, bursting with fresh green shoots from January to March, or mists and mellow fruitfulness in October and November. In the summer months you can make the most of the vibrant colours and fragrant blooms available from April to June.

View all Floristry courses here.

Want to discover a career in graphic design? Combine traditional aesthetics with digital technology to develop your design and illustration skills. Learn industry-standard software to enhance visual communication to maximise your impact and message. Produce storyboards for animations. Explore the huge potential of Adobe CS6. Develop your portfolio and enter the design world with up-to-date subject knowledge, technical expertise and confidence.

View all Graphic Design & Digital Media courses here.

Learn how to use both traditional techniques and digital industry CAD software for product and interior designers. Courses include concept development, professional practice and drawing skills to create visuals to scale.

View all Interior Design, Garden Design & AutoCAD courses here.

Our jewellery courses give you the opportunity to discover a new hobby, start a new business, or develop existing creative skills. Working with talented lecturers you will learn how to create beautiful pieces, ranging from a whole collection to wedding or special occasion jewellery. 

View all Jewellery courses here.  

Drawing is a key feature of the Art School as it is a skill that underpins so many different disciplines. Learn to draw from scratch, enjoy simple mark making or develop your techniques to record the world from a new perspective.

We have courses to suit everyone from beginners to professionals. Experiment with watercolours, acrylic and oil painting using both traditional and contemporary methods. We also use painting software that brings digital technology into courses. You can work from observation, photographs, on location or from your own imagination.

View all Painting & Drawing courses here.

Build your photography skills up with our huge range of photography courses, workshops and qualifications.

Develop your creative and technical skills in our purpose-built Photography Studio, where you can experiment with lighting, backdrops and digital manipulation with professional software.

We also have a fully equipped darkroom to give you the opportunity to practice traditional photography skills.

Our team of dedicated tutors also work as professional freelancers.

View all Photography courses here.

Translate your ideas into print with courses for beginners through to advanced workshops. Explore traditional and contemporary printmaking techniques, from etching to screen-printing and use our magnificent Victorian Columbian Press to create your own stunning prints.

View all Printmaking courses here.

We have a well-established, vibrant glass provision. Our fantastic kiln-formed glass studio has a range of casting and architectural kilns. Create your own moulds in our adjacent studio or experiment with our specialist machinery room to make unique pieces that you can exhibit and sell in the Parkshot Gallery.

You can start as a complete beginner by enrolling on a short weekend course and as your passion for the subject grows, progress all the way up to a Higher National Diploma in 3D Crafts at the college.

View all Studio Glass courses here.

The woodwork department offers a range of specialist courses for beginners through to experienced woodworkers to make something original or up-cycle an existing piece. The Art School has a purpose built workshop for students to learn in. Tutors blend traditional craftsmanship with contemporary techniques to offer you the opportunity to explore your creativity and increase your skills.

Frame your own pictures – perfect for both artists wanting to frame their own work and framing your favourite pictures and photographs.

For keen bargain hunters, or people who have inherited oil paintings in need of tender love and care, the college offers classes in oil painting restoration.

View all Woodwork, Restoration & Picture Framing courses here.