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 film

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, 2018
Ashbourne College Revue 2014 Highlights

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 broadened my academic and personal horizons beyond any expectation I may have had when I first arrived here. I think a good school gets you where you want to go, but an outstanding school takes you to a place beyond what you would ever have envisaged for yourself, and therefore I can only describe Ashbourne as an outstanding and incredible place to study. As planned, having finished my A levels, I am now entering into my gap year in order to pursue my entrepreneurial ambitions. I intend to gain work experience in the business sector im entering into, in hope to build a strong foundation of authentic understanding and knowledge of the industry, on which I hope to build a successful business in the near future
NicolaGap year
She feels well respected as a pupil and gets the assistance she needs to understand the material
Ashbourne is a wonderful place to teach and an even better place to study. The staff treat the students as adults and the mutual respect results in a relaxed university approach to study. Teaching classes that only have a max of 10 allows for individual tuition and greater differentiation within the groups helping the students grow in confidence and develop a love for their subjects. I really like the fact that students are encouraged to refer to their tutors by their first name and feel that this breaks down tutor/student boundaries and means that the students are confident in asking for help. Brilliant students, brilliant tutors, great place to work
Rachel TeasdaleFormer Head of GCSE and Biology Teacher
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