In the first year you will explore a range of creative subject areas including 3D Design, Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics and Illustration, Photography and Moving image supported by Life drawing and Visual studies.
Theme - People and Places
Introduction to visual language (2 weeks)
This short introductory project is designed to enable you to explore the visual elements in art and design. You will be outside drawing and taking photographs of people and architecture in the historic city of Cambridge. Then during the second week you will develop these drawings through 3D, Fine Art, Textiles, Graphics, Photography and Moving Image. Alongside this you will learn about Medieval Art and Architecture and the Renaissance period in art and design. Further drawing tasks will enable you to understand a wider variety of mark making techniques.
Theme - Contrasts
Workshop/Methods and Materials (7 weeks)
This second project will introduce you to a wide variety of materials and techniques. You will take part in workshop activities in 3D, Textiles, Fine Art, Graphics, Photography and Moving Image.
3D may include: working with clay, wire, wood, glass, mod rock and recyclable material.
Fine Art may include: painting and print making, drawing techniques, colour theory and sculpture
Textiles may include: sewing both machine and hand techniques, heat moulding fabric, heat transfer, dying and printing, felt making and weave
Graphics may include: typography, communication techniques, creative collage, Photoshop, Illustrator
Photography may include: shutter speed and aperture, using film cameras, working in the darkroom and studio lighting
Moving Image may include: developing ideas for storyboard, narrative structure, film style, stop motion, character design and live action
Throughout the year you will apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to a series of more complex and demanding assignments. In the final term your Final Major Project will require you to make use of the knowledge, skills and understanding developed over the year to complete an art and design project. You will also be able to explore one subject in greater depth. the work that you produce for this unit will culminate in an end-of-year exhibition, and be internally assessed and externally moderated by University Arts London Awarding Body.
In your second year, you will select your specialism subject; your creative process will be recorded in a blog as a reflection and evaluation of your work. You will commence your university application and portfolio with the guidance and support of lecturers.
In the second term, you will continue to focus on your chosen subject and develop a portfolio for university interviews. Fashion students will stage a fashion show.
In the final term all students will undertake a research week when trips to relevant creative sources are arranged and industry professionals are invited into college to inspire and inform your self-directed project. This will be showcased at the end of term.