Art & Design at Ashbourne

Ashbourne offers an excellent choice of Art and Design courses designed to prepare students for vocational and commercial careers in the Arts. Our specialist teachers provide some of the most exciting, innovative and creative courses at the college including Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Fashion and Textiles, Art, Craft & Design (including Photography), Film Studies, Media Studies and History of Art.

Art Faculty students learn a broad range of practical and theoretical skills and techniques that allow them to express themselves visually, cultivate their own distinct style and create original artwork. They are also encouraged to broaden their understanding and appreciation of art through study trips and excursions in order to help contextualise and bring depth to their own work.

Ashbourne’s spacious and light art studios are equipped for working in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, textiles, printmaking and photography. There are black and white, and colour darkrooms as well as digital print and image manipulation facilities.

Ashbourne’s central London location makes it ideal for visiting some of the world’s finest art galleries, museums and events including The National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate Modern and Britain, The Design Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and London Fashion Week.

Unique Art and Design programme

Ashbourne Art Faculty’s mini-foundation programme offers a unique opportunity for students to explore all areas of art and design during their first year before committing to their course choices.

Students join the Art and Design carousel during their first term to experience a variety of art activities in rotation: Drawing, Life Drawing, Printmaking, Sculpture, Digital Art, Photography, Fabrics and Textiles. They can then make an informed decision, based on their aptitude and skill, on which subject(s) to specialise in for their A level: Fine Art, Textiles, Graphic Communication, Photography and/or Art, Craft & Design.

The programme enables students to develop and broaden their technical skills and visual understanding during the first year and allows more flexibility and time for them to create an impressive (coursework) portfolio over the whole course.

Ashbourne also offers extra-curricular evening and weekend classes in Printmaking, 3D work, Life Drawing, Photography and Textiles.

Creative Arts Exhibition

Art trip

Ashbourne’s Art Faculty students get the chance to visit other culturally rich European cities like Barcelona, Paris and Vienna, where they can experience some of the world’s greatest art collections on a structured and expertly guided art trip – usually spread over four days during the Autumn half term.

Showcase

Students are offered plenty of opportunities to showcase their talents and artwork both at Ashbourne and further afield, as part of their professional development.

Ashbourne’s Creative Arts Evening allows current and former students the chance to share their art, music, poetry and fashion at a nearby venue. Students and staff from across the college also take part in the very popular annual Ashbourne Revue to show off their skills and talents in art, fashion, music, dance and drama. This is a fantastic chance especially for Textile and Fashion students to unveil their masterpieces on the catwalk.

Ashbourne Revue highlights, 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Art and Design students are also invited, by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, to exhibit their work at the beautiful Victorian Leighton House museum in Kensington as part of a borough-wide schools exhibition every June. Ashbourne students have always been very successful at this event and often win prizes for their work. This invitation also entitles them to put forward their artwork for the Art on Loan programme where local businesses will pay to hire, and occasionally buy, students’ art.

A level Arts scholarships

Ashbourne also offers a limited number of scholarships for A level Art and Design courses to talented students.

Why Choose Ashbourne College?
StudentsParentsTeachers
Ashbourne has provided me with the platform, the time and the space to grow intellectually. We are encouraged to read widely and since Ashbourne offers extra curricular critical theory, I have found my subjects being independently stimulated and motivated by cross disciplinary links. Aside from academic growth, Ashbourne has offered me a chance to feel a part of something. The opportunity to be the co-editor of Ashbourne Identity, the college’s student magazine, has given me a sense of responsibility, creative freedom and pride toward Ashbourne’s diversity. From Ashbourne’s Christmas Revue to its annual European trip, the college’s nurturing and collaborative atmosphere will remain a highlight of my time at Ashbourne
VictoriaEnglish and Drama at University of Manchester
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
Since starting work at Ashbourne in September, I was impressed by the amazing sense of community. The students’ combat differences in culture, age and circumstance to form fantastic relationships, and are strongly aided in the support and friendship from teaching and admin staff. Students are always given the attention they deserve, and these factors create a unique atmosphere for successful learning.
Hannah MartinFormer College Administrator and Welfare Officer
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