Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working
The Art Department at Brampton College develops students’ visual awareness and conceptual thinking in a world that is dominated by visual information. Alongside the development of skills there is an emphasis on experimentation, and students are encouraged to work in a dynamic and energetic way, as well as with sensitivity and care.
Students learn to think creatively, take risks with their work, be ambitious, playful and curious about the world. Students learn to reflect, research and analyse along with learning to work independently and manage time efficiently. Each year a number of students apply for an Art Foundation Course which provides a stepping stone to a range of other creative degree courses. Architecture is also a popular choice for art students. Our annual trip abroad gives students the opportunity to experience a wealth of art and culture first hand; destinations have included New York, Venice and Berlin.
We run the AQA Fine Art A level course, through which students are introduced to a wide variety of techniques such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, textiles and mixed media.
During the first year students are introduced to an integrated practical and critical programme of study. Students explore a wide range of media and processes and begin to develop their ideas. Learning is developed through group workshops and individual tutorials, supported by the use of sketchbooks. After this broad introduction, students then begin to clarify their ideas for their Personal Investigation unit.
The second year of the course allows for greater focus and depth of study. Students continue with their Personal Investigation, working in a more self-directed way. Students also have the opportunity to demonstrate their analytical and research skills through an in-depth written component which is integrated within the practical unit. From February onwards, students work on their component 2 exam project, which culminates in a 15 hour practical exam.
Art Departmental Features
The department supports visiting artists and teachers and is keen to make connections with other schools. Recent graduates from the Royal Academy Schools have visited the department to offer one to one tutorials with students. This gave students real contact with young emerging artists and enabled them to gain an insight into studying at art school. We also annually participate in the Royal Academy Outreach Programme which consists of a one day life drawing workshop, allowing students to work from the unclothed figure in a challenging and diverse way.
Why Fine Art?
The creative industries are one of the fastest growing in the UK and this is reflected in the broad range of creative courses available at university. Creative skills such as conceptual thinking and problem solving are valued across all professions. Fine Art A Level equips students to apply for a wide range of university courses not just arts based ones.