City Of Sunderland College

City of Sunderland College do all they can to make a students time with them as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

The College boasts the best UCAS points score per student when compared to the other Colleges in the North East of England and the Art and Design department plays a big part in that.

The College offers a comprehensive range of Art and Design courses for both school leavers as part of its Sixth Form arrangement (City of Sunderland College runs Bede Sixth Form Academy, Usworth Sixth Form College and St Peter’s Sixth Form College) as well as adult courses. The Art and Design department of the College is based at its Shiney Row Campus in Houghton-Le-Spring.


United Kingdom

Shiney Row Campus, Success Road,
Phone: 0191 511 6111
Fax: 0191 511 6180

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Our Aims

The mission of the City of Sunderland College is to promote access to a comprehensive range of quality learning opportunities to residents of, and other stakeholders in, the City of Sunderland and the wider North Eastern region.

Through this mission the College seeks to:

Enable individuals to achieve their potential
Encourage organisations to provide employment opportunities in the City
Promote the economic and social development of the City and the wider region.

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Location and Getting there

City of Sunderland College is a multi-centre college with main sites throughout the region.

The College has invested heavily in its infrastructure and learning facilities, and can offer modern lecture theatres, well-equipped libraries and attractive student amenities.

We also have many links and partnerships with different organisations and businesses throughout Sunderland, offering courses at many different local community venues.


Our Shiney Row Centre has a key presence in the western part of the City between Philadelphia and Shiney Row itself. From the
stylish reception entrance to the artwork displayed in the corridors and lobbies, the centre oozes creativity, as our students’ talents
are actively encouraged.
The Shiney Row Centre also hosts our Networking Academy which has been awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE) status.
It is here that we train the next generation of network technicians and computer system administrators. With accreditation from
Cisco and Microsoft we are among the area’s leading trainers.  

Department and information about the department

The Faculty of Design & Technology:

The Faculty of Design & Technology brings together a comprehensive range of courses across art & design, performing arts, engineering, telecommunications, motor vehicle studies, construction, catering and hairdressing & beauty therapy.
A wide-range of full-time courses are offered at all levels, with excellent overall pass-rates.
Courses are provided across all curriculum areas and emphasise both academic excellence and practical skills development.
Our facilities are recognised as being some of the best in the area and all curriculum areas have specialist suites of accommodation equipped to excellent standards.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences offers you an extensive range of AS and A2 Level courses, as well as a team of staff who are committed to ensuring that you achieve your highest potential.
Every student is treated as special and is encouraged to take part in College life. Your specialist tutor will support you every inch of the way - whether you intend to go university, seek employment or simply just "don't know", and want to take A Levels.
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Information For  Undergraduates

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Information For  Postgraduates

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Information For  International Students

City of Sunderland College is one of the largest colleges in the UK with a growing reputation nationally as one of the best, and it is easy to see why… excellent facilities, excellent staff, excellent accommodation, excellent social programme to name just a few of the things we can offer you!

Our highly qualified and experienced staff will help you succeed by encouraging you to achieve your potential and fulfil your dreams.

The College has a dedicated International Office who can help you throughout your time here from your first enquiry through to your progression onto Higher Education.

We have a very strong partnership with our local University, the University of Sunderland, which enables us to offer an all inclusive package making Sunderland an exciting place to be.  

Student Support

Our commitment to you…
We do all that we can to make your time with us as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

Our staff will go out of their way to help you, and will do anything they can to solve any problems you might have.

You will have access to a range of trained staff who would like to help you and are happy to spend time with you discussing any issues you may have, in confidence if necessary.

They will help you to make informed decisions and will try to help resolve any issues you may have, whether they are course related, career related or even of a personal nature.  

Student Testimonials

Naomi New – BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design

I felt the college offered the right course of
study for where I wanted to go in the future.

I was able to get a wide range of skills and
experience in different subjects within art
and design, and was able to study a
specialist area in the second year.

I have a place to study a B.A. Hons degree
in Fashion Design at Northumbria University,
which is my chosen specialist area.

On the art & design trip to Paris it rained
most of the time, but we still had a great
time and we enjoyed ourselves.

I received loads of support from the
specialist subject tutor, who helped me to
put together my portfolio for my application
to Northumbria.  


Accommodation can be arranged upon request.  

How To Apply

Please contact admissions on 0191 511 6260:  

Visit us (open days)

We have various Open Days throughout the year – please see our website for details.  

Request a prospectus (Number, e-mail or follow link)