Post 16 Visual Arts & Design
UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Art & Design
At The BRIT School we offer an innovative approach to visual arts and design, through a course that involves both traditional and experimental approaches to making work. We are involved in exploring new technologies within contemporary practice and strive to equip students with the essential practical, written and verbal skills in communicating effectively through their own practice and in collaboration with others.
What We Offer
In August 2012 we moved the whole department into brand new facilities which have been amazing to work in this year. The visual arts and design department offers the UAL Extended Level 3 Diploma in Art and Design. We deliver a diverse qualification aimed at students wishing to enter careers across the many areas within visual arts and design, such as fine art, including drawing & life drawing, painting and sculpture, mixed media, print-making, site-specific art, illustration, installation, graphics, web design, fashion, textiles, animation, photography, socially engaged practice, live art.
Students undertake a range of practical work in response to vocational briefs set, some of which may be live client briefs to give first hand experiences of working professionally and develop good working practice; for example, we have undertaken commissions for several murals in the local community. Groups are taught through a mixture of teacher- led sessions, group work and individual tutorials. Critical studies is fundamental to visual arts and design practice. Within projects, we are analysing the work of artists, craftspeople and designers; this features strongly in all aspects of the course as well as a lecture and seminar series looking at a timeline history of art, craft and design. We regularly make visits to galleries and museums, and work outside the studio to enhance learning opportunities.
Students study 18 units in art and design, equivalent to 3 A Levels. In Year 12, projects cover a range of 2D and 3D disciplines within both visual arts and design, progressing in Year 13 to units appropriate to a chosen specialist pathway. There are many exciting opportunities for students to explore cross-curricular links, for example 'Living Gallery' at Dulwich Picture Gallery, where we collaborated with the dance department. This was part of a 'Living Gallery' live art collaboration where the whole gallery and grounds became a site-specific cross arts venue. Students also had the opportunity to lead community projects; in June 2013 one group worked with St Giles Special Needs School in creating screen printing workshops and visuals for their school performance culminating in a mural for their outside space. We also work with St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham, where our students have in the past, worked collaboratively with the out patients in the hospice's art centre, to create animations projected onto textile installations and cyanotype photography. The project culminates in a final celebratory afternoon, with displays of artwork and installations. We have also recently created the information graphics for our exciting new school buildings. During their course we also take Post-16 students to Europe, for example in March this year we went to Berlin on a residential exploratory trip which feeds directly into students projects.
During the course each student is responsible for building up an assessment portfolio of work, maintaining individual records and presenting them effectively for assessment. Assessment is carried out according to unit specifications, which includes well presented practical work supported by written annotations and/or oral presentations. Final assessment is carried out through a combination of teacher and student led portfolio assessed units.
Students are encouraged to undertake work experience to help explore career choices and the course provides excellent opportunities for progression into the workplace or to continue studies at Further or Higher Education. Many students have gone onto foundation or degree courses at Central St Martins, Camberwell, Chelsea, Goldsmiths, London College of Fashion and more.
- Visual arts and design studios for general 2D and 3D work
- Textiles and print studio
- Photography darkroom, pc suite and studio offering both traditional and digital photography
- Design studio containing Mac suite with various software including Adobe CS and Final Cut Pro
- Well stocked range of resources across visual arts and design in the learning resources centre plus digital arts equipment
- Core skills in traditional art and design practices including drawing and sculpture
- Cross curricular projects including visuals for performance, and dance/theatre/music community arts projects like charity and mural commissions.
- Visits and workshops from professional artists, crafts people and designers
- Visits to, and workshops in, specialist arts disciplines
- Colleges/universities visits and trips including new designers
- Gallery and museum visits
- Work experience in visual arts & design organisations
- External exhibitions - both locally and internationally and on-line
- National competitions
How to Apply
Questions to be answered in section 7 of the application form:
a) What art and design techniques or equipment have you used? Why have you chosen these?
b) What artists, crafts, people or designers have you been inspired by? How have you used them in your work?
c) Tell us about yourself and about a favourite art and design experience.
d) Choose a piece of art and design work and describe what you think is effective about it.