Explore Our Creativity & the Arts courses

Exploring your own creativity and interest in the arts can help you to develop your skills and confidence, open up new opportunities to earn a living doing something you love, or simply enrich your life. 

NEC’s five creativity and the arts courses have been designed to help you develop your own practice as an artist or writer, whilst discovering more about the fascinating world of art and writing.

Art Techniques helps you to develop your own drawing and painting skills through examining different artistic methods and practice. 

By studying Art History, you’ll learn about major figures, movements and developments in the art world from the 15th century to the present day. You’ll learn about the historical context in which these art works were created, and develop your understanding of how art reflects the times we live in.

If writing is your creative passion, you can choose from three courses which will help you to develop your style and produce professional, polished and well-structured pieces of writing. You’ll explore your own creative potential – and can choose a course designed to help you write for a living.

Studying creativity and the arts with NEC

When you become an NEC student, you’ll be supported by one of our expert NEC tutors. As well as being a qualified teacher with experience of assessing and tutoring online learners, your tutor will have experience of working in the creative field of your chosen course.

Your tutor will support you as you work through the course, and advise you on completion of the assignments necessary to achieve your award.

You’ll also be able to call on the expertise of our dedicated student support team, by email or on the phone.

NEC are experts in online distance learning for creativity and the arts

At NEC, we’re experts in distance learning. Over the last 55-plus years, thousands of adults and young people across the UK and beyond have gained life-changing qualifications by studying with NEC. What matters most to us is the success of our students, so we offer all the support you need, combined with total flexibility to learn the way you want to.

Courses designed for online distance learning

NEC are innovators in distance learning, and all our courses are designed specifically for independent learners. You’ll access all your high quality course materials on learn@nec, our easy-to-use online learning platform, and your personal tutor will be there to help you succeed, commenting on your course assignments and preparing you for your exams.

We’ll provide all the course materials you need, and optional extra study guides are available to help you develop better study skills. The only essentials you need to provide are an internet connection, a sufficient standard of English to be able to understand the subject materials, and a drive to succeed!

Join an online learning community

Studying independently doesn’t have to mean studying alone. When you enrol to study creativity and the arts courses online with NEC, as well as having access to your personal tutor and dedicated student support team, you’ll become part of a friendly national and international online learning community.