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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, painting illustration, community art, textiles, photography, digital design, graphic design, film making and fine art. From 2021 we have launched a new route at Post 16 exploring Fashion, Styling and Textiles. We deliver a vocational qualification that enables students to gain a greater understanding of the creative industries through exciting live briefs.
If you want to enter a career in visual arts and design this course aims to give you the practical skills and knowledge to do this. You will develop your techniques in drawing and life drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, illustration, web design, textiles, photography, live art, graphics, fashion, film making and many more areas of art.
Route One: Visual Arts & Design
Explores a variety of technical skills within: Fine art (sculpture, painting & drawing), photography/film, print, graphics and illustration.
Route Two: Fashion, Styling & Textiles
Explores a variety of technical skills with a fashion focus from: Textiles, pattern cutting, machining, print, photography, styling, fashion illustration, editorial and graphic design.
At the end of your course you will achieve a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Practice: Art, Design and Communication equivalent to 3 A Levels.
How Do I Apply
Please answer these questions online:
What art and design techniques, equipment and IT have you used in your previous work? Why have you chosen these?
Tell us about yourself and your art and design experiences.
Which artists, crafts, people or designers have you been inspired by? How have you used them in your creativity?
Choose a piece of work by an artist or designer and describe what you think is effective about it.
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 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 TMRW hub, Somerset House, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, Chelsea School of Art and Design and professional design studios, where students have exhibited work. This year we worked with small businesses in Croydon on an Urban Art Trail in partnership with Royal Bank of Canada.
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.