The purpose-built Art Department at Queen’s has provided the College with some of the best facilities in the South West. The spacious, brilliantly lit studios provide specialist teaching facilities for fine art, printmaking, textiles and painting. There are also well-equipped rooms for all mediums and individual exhibition and working space for A level students.
The results for Art in the past few years for A Level have been exceptional. In addition to Fine Art, we also offer AS and A2 courses in Photography and Textiles. Head of Department, Claire Western is a well-established painter and other members of the department have specialisms in fashion and textiles and. All the staff are extremely experienced and enthusiastic and encourage pupils to be innovative, push the boundaries, be creative and to experiment in a wide range of media. Teaching is superb. Termly story-boards for each year group are created by every member of staff with visual representation, creative ideas and material suggestions so that all are clear as to what you they will achieve within set time frames.
Year 12 students all will build on their previous experience and take the newly structured Edexcel AS Art and Design examination. The most important requirement is a real enthusiasm for Art. The course is designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to the subject and students will be prompted to convey ideas and feelings through your artwork in an expressive manner. They are given extensive, individual guidance and although drawing and painting are still the essential basis, they are encouraged to develop individual skills and your own particular areas of interest.
Many Queen’s pupils have gone on to study art on degree courses at world-renowned centres such as Edinburgh and the Central School of Art and Design. Others have gone on to careers in Fine Art or Graphic Design or have pursued jobs in advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work. The Art staff are active in helping Sixth Formers to choose and visit possible courses and centres in preparing portfolios for interview.
Art is displayed all around the campus and if you visit Queen’s College you will see many examples of stunning and adventurous projects and exhibits. Please click below to see a carousel of photographs illustrating some of the projects undertaken recently. There are regular excursions to art galleries such as the Saatchi and Tate Modern in London and St Ives, sculpture parks and to the National Trust as well as international art trips to Venice, Barcelona, Paris and New York which help inspire the students in their work. In addition workshops with working artists are held in school. The 10-day Quartz Festival, where professional artists, sculptures, jewellery makers, ceramicists from all over the South West gather to exhibit, enables you to see first-hand working artists.
The Art department also runs many co-curricular activities after school and at weekends such as fashion and textiles clubs and the studios are generally a hive of activity. There is an annual art exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term. However visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.
We offer scholarships and awards to pupils who are gifted in Art in the Sixth Form worth up to 50% off fees in outstanding cases. As a guideline, most major scholarships are worth approximately 25% of fees and minor scholarships, 10% off fees. To download information about Art scholarships, please click here. On top of this students can apply for a means-tested assisted place. Please contact the Admissions team for more details.