As a private college we are conscious of our responsibility for maintaining a very high standard of facilities and equipment. Ashbourne’s main building at Old Court Place is fully equipped for A level study. In addition to teaching rooms, there is a library with computer and Internet access and a full range of learning resources. There are specialist laboratories for the teaching of Science subjects and ICT.
All students have access to computers at Ashbourne. We have a computer suite in our main Building in Old Court Place where students are welcome to use the computers to work, check email and print off any documentation as long as there isn’t a class in progress. Students with laptops will also have access to our wireless broadband service.
We have recently installed interactive white boards into several classrooms. These are computer interfaced, multi media displays that have already increased the variety and quality of teaching in the College. Students will be encouraged to use them for presentations as part of class and coursework in several subjects. As always, we ask that students respect this equipment and ask for permission and instruction before attempting to use it.
Visual Arts for A level and the GCSE department are housed at our building in Young Street, two minutes’ walk from Old Court Place. There is a large art studio accommodating painting, drawing, silk-screen printing and ceramics, as well as facilities for photography, including a well-equipped dark room and Graphic Design.
Media and Film
In production the students utilise mac proprietary software such as iWeb, iDVD & iMovie. They may also use Photoshop CS in order to produce graphic design packaging for their work. Once students have learnt the basics of filming and technical and creative sound and film editing in the first year they will have sufficiently grasped the basics of film making in order to progress towards using more sophisticated software, for example Final Cut Pro, in their second year. As well as this, Ashbourne’s Media and film lab is equipped with a Plasma Television, Multi region DVD player, a good stock of both British and World Cinema DVDs, numerous textbooks and copies of journals such as Sight and Sound.