Our Subjects

Use the links below to explore the subjects available at CSVPA. (* denotes a compulsory subject)


Experimental Studies

This all encompassing subject ensures you have a solid understanding of drawing-based theory including mark making, colour theory and perspective theory that takes into account how work is produced. Over the year you will cover off the following areas:

  • Elements of composition, tone, colour, texture, form and structure
  • Observational analysis
  • Visual interpretation
  • Improvisation techniques
  • Rendering the abstract
  • Experimental drawing

Critical and Contextual Studies

Critical and Contextual Studies is a course designed to develop you as a student. The course provides an introduction to significant movements and ideas in Art and Design History to allow students to deepen their knowledge, visual literacy, and personal understanding of key concepts essential for working in the creative industries. Weekly assignments and individual presentation tasks are used to help develop writing, research, and speaking skills that build confidence and prepare students for university interviews. The course encourages students to reflect on their own work, to consider the context in which they are working and the type of practitioner they want to be.


English Training

Through a variety of teaching styles, we focus on four key skills you need to pass your IELTS exam; listening, reading, writing and spoken English. This subject is linked with your Contextual Studies lectures so you are better equipped with vocabulary to explain your workings and promote your final pieces.


3D Design Craft

This course will equip you with approaches and expressions in all elements of 3D Design and help you build up a creative portfolio to apply to relevant Higher Education courses. You will learn to do object prototyping and design development work. This course is supported by a comprehensive range of workshop facilities for hand and machine making in ceramics, glass, metal and wood. In addition to digital manufacturing equipment including laser cutting and 3D Printing.

You will also be exposed to different elements of design such as critical thinking, collaborating with other disciplines, visual and verbal presentation techniques, colour and material possibilities. You need to be passionate in the study and prepared to work hard to excel in the course as well as in the industry.

Skills learned | Prototyping, Design Development, 3D research processes, a variety of hands on workshops suitable for 3D pathway, Portfolio Development and Experimental Techniques suitable for Higher Education Applications

Preparation for | 3D Design, Product Design, Craft, Jewellery Design, Accessories Design, Ceramics, Sustainable Product Design, Furniture Design, Design Crafts, Applied Craft and Industrial Design

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