Northbrook College has one of the largest and longest established Art and Design departments in the south, offering education at both university level and sixth form level. It was formed from the former West Sussex College of Art and Design (founded in 1912). The Art and Design courses are now based at the University Centre Worthing at West Durrington, where the campus is shared with students of performing arts.
Students regularly win national prizes, notably the ‘Best Womenswear’ award at Graduate Fashion Week 2010, the ‘Young Tate 2009’ prize, the Channel 4 ‘Picture This’ photography prize and numerous art competition awards. Students come to Northbrook from all over the UK and abroad.
Our courses successfully promote the development of creative practitioners, artists, designers and communicators; equipping students with the knowledge and skills for careers in creative industries. The excellent facilities provide specialist learning environments, including: painting studios, design workshops, fashion design/construction workrooms, printed and knitted textile workshops, film/photographic studios, print studios, machinery for wood, metal and clay and suites of Apple Mac computers. Many of the lecturing staff are industry practitioners and have current links to the creative industries.
Head of School
Sue Dare was appointed Principal of Northbrook College in 2009 and has extensive teaching and management career experience in the FE sector. This includes: Deputy Principal, Teaching Learning and Quality at Central Sussex College, and Director for 14-19 Learning with the Learning and Skills Council Sussex.
Courses Overview: Undergraduate and Postgraduate
Bachelor of Fashion Design
Bachelor of Fashion Media and Promotion
Bachelor of Textile Design
Bachelor of Fine Arts: Photography
Foundation Degree Theatre Arts: Production Design and Realization
Alumni include Jamie Hewlett, creator of virtual band Gorillaz and Tank Girl.
Life in Sussex
Northbrook College is the principal provider of work-related further education in an area centred on the south coast town of Worthing. We are also the largest provider in West Sussex of undergraduate courses for the creative and cultural industries. The College additionally has contracts for Apprenticeship training, Adult and Community Learning and we provide courses in most work-related areas as well as those for personal development.
Northbrook College is one of the largest educational establishments in Sussex, with approximately 8,000 full and part time students. Northbrook has two campuses in Worthing and a campus at Shoreham Airport.