This highly creative and successful course offers a broad-based art experience and is delivered through a series of taught practical and independent workshops. Our studios are purpose-built and are light and spacious. Our facilities boast a photographic studio, darkroom and laser cutter as well as excellent printing facilities and technology. You will be taught by specialist teachers who are practicing fine artists and designers and who have professional experience in marketing and selling their work.
The course structure is designed to develop and enrich you as an artist or designer, challenging and extending your experience and understanding of a range of art and design practices. You will be supported in improving skills in creative problem solving, and you will gain an in-depth understanding of movements and genres of art and design.
The course is designed to encourage you to develop skills and creativity, imaginatively and independently. You will be encouraged to use combinations of specialist practical media and explore new and innovative ways of developing your artwork.We currently offer the following three specialist pathways: Fine Art, Graphic Illustration and Fashion and Textiles. Fashion and Textiles also has the opportunity to explore textiles for interiors.
Study trips are an exciting part of the course: you will have the opportunity to visit a range of UK galleries and museums and art and design fairs as well as the option of participating in an international trip.
At least 7 GCSEs at grade 4 in a range of subjects including maths and English. A grade 5 or equivalent is required in art at GCSE level.
We offer an exciting Level 4 Art Foundation course which is designed to enable you to further explore your creativity. Students who recently completed their course are taking; Textile Design at Norwich University of the Arts (NUA), Graphic Design at NUA, Architecture at Lincoln University, Textiles at Art University Bournemouth, Art & Design at Leeds Beckett University and Computer Animation and Modelling at Hertfordshire University.