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Art and Design
[AS + A2]
Art & Design
History of Art
The department of art and design is a lively and exciting area of the college.
Its four studios provide facilities for a wide range of activities and courses. Students who are considering a career in art and design are welcome to discuss their choice of subjects with any of the art staff.
This general art and design course will provide you with the opportunity to develop your drawing skills and learn a wide variety of ways of designing and exploring creative ideas.
You will have the opportunity to work in both 2D and 3D and will be encouraged to explore a wide range of techniques and processes that will include some of the following:
- computer imagery
- drawing and painting
You will look at the ways other artists and designers have worked and use this understanding to enhance your own artwork. Drawing from observation is an essential part of the course and you will keep sketchbooks as a record of your ideas. You will also learn various ways of presenting your work for display.
This course is particularly suitable for students who wish to pursue art and design at a higher level but who are not yet sure which area of the subject they wish to specialise in.
(History of art, design and architecture)
The study of the history of art and design is a popular option both for art students and those studying other disciplines. The AS course involves the study of painting, sculpture, architecture and design during various periods from Greek art to the present day. You will develop skills in visual analysis and art criticism and will come to understand how historical and cultural issues have influenced some of the major movements in western art.
Much can be learned about the development of society and historical events through the study of works of art. This subject is invaluable for those students who have an interest in society and culture and wish to further their understanding through the study of visual imagery.
Art students also find this course an invaluable means of developing a deeper understanding of their own creative ideas. Study will take the form of:
- discussions of images and videos
- seeing works of art at first hand
The A2 course builds on subjects covered at AS and covers other periods such as the Renaissance as well as contemporary art and design. This subject is particularly useful for students hoping to study architecture, history, archaeology, religion, philosophy, film, art or design degrees.