Chesterfield College is a further education further and higher education college in the town of Chesterfield in North East Derbyshire, England. The college consists of three campuses (Infirmary Road, Tapton House and Clowne) spread over the town of Chesterfield and serves over 21,000 students of which 5,600 are full time attends.1
Chesterfield College started life as a cheese factory then in 1841 as the Chesterfield and Brampton Mechanics' Institute, and went through various incarnations, including the merger in 1984 of Chesterfield Art College and Chesterfield College of Technology, before becoming Chesterfield College. Chesterfield College become the first Associate College of Sheffield Hallam University in 1993.
Chesterfield College of Art ran independently for many years providing creative courses in a variety of subjects: Fine Art (painting and Sculpture), Graphics, Printmaking, Furniture Design, Interior Design, Exhibition Design, Townscape, Painting and Decorating, Photography, Fashion Design, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy.
The Art College's main building was Penmore House at Hasland but other centres were at the converted floor mill on Lordsmill Street and buildings on Sheffield Road.
Most courses offered a wide creative education with lessons across all disciplines for a two year foundation course. Visiting lecturers or film histories were a weekly event as was one day dedicated to General Studies. Students were expected stay for evening classes until 7.30pm for three nights per week. At least one of those evenings had to be an attendance at the Life Drawing class.
Those students who didn't move on to Diploma (then the equivalent of a degree)in Art and Design Courses (Dip. A.D.)at other colleges stayed at Chesterfield for vocational courses: courses related to the Society of Industrial Artists and Designers (now the Chartered Society of Designers) or City and Guild Diplomas.
Community courses existed as did Saturday morning classes for pre-college students.
The College still offers a wide range of open and flexible learning courses for people who have home commitments such as caring responsibilities and want to study at home, shift workers who cannot attend classes, those who would like to update their qualifications or people who want to gain further qualifications.
Chesterfield College consists of three campuses over the town of Chesterfield which is used by the college to tutor students for different courses. The main campus is on Infirmary Road and is where most of the students learn, s well as being home to the Advice and Guidance Centre and the administrative centre of the College. This campus has a North, South Block (largest), East and west. The Infirmary Road site is where the majority of the courses take place. Tapton House is the Higher Education campus of Chesterfield College, and now shares a site with the Innovation Centre. It was the former home of English mechanical engineer George Stephenson.
A third campus exists at Clowne, nine miles to the north-east of Chesterfield.
Chesterfield College has been awarded Learning and Skills Beacon Status for excellence in community-based education.2 This award was launched by the Department for Education and Skills and the Learning and Skills Council in 2002. This award was presented to the College in London on 15 March 2005.
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