Art & Design
We believe that our Art students are the artists and designers of the future and therefore need the richest environment in which to flourish. Every student is entitled to experience a wide variety of different artistic approaches and opportunities. The scale of ambition on the site sets KEVICC Art department apart.
We expect all our students to work hard at achieving their potential and we will do everything we can to help them realise their ambitions. Our students learn through fun and experience. We believe that Art taught at its best can transform the way people see themselves and the world. We have high expectations in terms of behaviour, effort and outcomes.
Our students are always encouraged to think, act and learn independently. All members of the department regularly set homework tasks.
We are keen to integrate opportunities for our students to exhibit their work alongside professional artists in a public gallery. The Ariel centre is a fantastic and unique Art Gallery on site with a rolling programme of public events, showcasing our pupil’s work as well as local and international artist’ work. We run regular educational visits to enrich curriculum including London galleries and Museums.
Students achieve excellent results at GCSE and A-Level. Many of our “leavers” attend leading Art colleges across the UK and go on to work in a range of Art based industry careers.
We are a team of three teachers and one teacher technician who teach on our GCSE and A-Level Photography courses. This is a subject that has really grown in popularity at the college in recent years and results have been excellent.
We passionately believe in teaching all aspects of Photography. We keep up to date with current practice and technology but we are also fully committed to teaching traditional techniques. Our dedicated Photography room is equipped with a large dark room with a number of enlargers and is well stocked with chemicals and wet-room equipment. All of the computers in the college have Adobe Photoshop and our Photography students are encouraged to explore creative approaches to digital imagery as well as standard image improvements.
Much of our success is down to our very high expectations. We expect all of our students to present their work professionally and annotate their work thoughtfully, using a specialised vocabulary. Students always review and refine their ideas as their work progresses and they are always challenged to create quality photo-shoots and shots that make their audience think. Our students need to be open minded, creative and reflective photographers.
We regularly set home learning tasks that include critical studies sheets, photo-shoots in interesting locations, general research and planning and review tasks.
Extra- curricular opportunities include gallery visits, visiting photographer workshops, catch-up clinics and clubs. Our students are often asked to contribute to the wider community with photography for the college website, yearbook, magazine and prospectus. We also regularly organise exhibitions in our Gallery and in the wider community to much acclaim.
Our results are consistently outstanding at GCSE and A-Level and many of our students go on to study Photography at degree level. We are particularly proud of our “value-added” achievements and we are very confident that this is a subject that, with hard work and creativity, all students can achieve the highest grades.