Course Overview

Creative and passionate students are welcomed to the Visual Arts and Design department. You will study traditional and contemporary techniques in visual arts, sculpture, drawing and painting, and will also have the opportunity to explore a variety of specialist areas including fashion, illustration, community art, textiles, photography, digital design, graphic design, film making and fine art. We deliver a vocational qualification that enables students a greater understanding of the creative industries with exciting live briefs.

Course Information

If you join us at age 14 you will learn and develop your knowledge of the basics of drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, animation, fashion, illustration and textiles.

As you develop through the course you also have the opportunity to choose a specialism. Once you finish your studies you will achieve a BTEC Tech Award in Art and Design Practice, equivalent to GCSE 9-4.

How Do I Apply

Answer the following questions 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 ICT programmes or online applications have you used and how? Give examples of how this has developed your art and design work.

c.

Tell us about yourself and your experiences in visual art and design. Which artists have inspired you and why?

d.

Choose a piece of art and design work and describe what you think is effective about it.

Student Experience

Visual Arts and Design has extensive facilities with studios that cater for 2D and 3D work. These facilities range from textiles, screen printing, photography studio/darkroom, and Mac & PC suite for digital manipulation. All projects have a vocational focus that offer opportunities to work with outside agencies as well as other departments within the school on community art projects. We also encourage students to take full advantage of going on trips within the UK and overseas; with recent cohorts taking trips to Liverpool, Berlin, Paris and Barcelona.

We encourage all students to proactively exhibit their work, both at school and externally. We support the curriculum with enrichment projects, so students have the opportunity to consider their work in a wider professional context. Students can choose from a variety of activities to extend their knowledge and understanding or feed their entrepreneurial spirit. The School has excellent links with external galleries, such as The Hospital Club, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and professional design studios, where students have exhibited work.

What Qualities Do I Need?

We believe those students who demonstrate an enthusiasm for arts and design and a passion to be a creative thinker, with the ability to overcome boundaries and challenges will be suitable candidates for this course.

Careers & Destinations