Art and Design
Our courses are delivered by tutors with extensive experience in the visual arts sector and their professional expertise is valued by our students. There are excellent facilities including studio spaces for painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles and printmaking, as well as dark rooms. Further Education courses are offered across a wide range of art and design subjects and the Hay Gallery provides a versatile exhibition space for displaying students’ work.
The School of Art offers Higher Education Art and Design programmes in subjects including photography, 3D design and craft, fashion and textiles, fine art and graphic design. The Minories in Colchester town centre is home to a public gallery. Our Higher Education Centre provides a great range of specialist facilities for Colchester School of Art students including well-equipped teaching spaces and private study areas.
As well as a Further and Higher education courses, there is range of popular short courses in areas including bookbinding, ceramics, glassmaking, life drawing, Photoshop, portfolio preparation, printmaking and textiles.
One of the things I enjoy most about the course is that we’re able to exhibit our work to a wider audience and experiment with different mediums. My final piece is a 3D wallpaper design aimed at those who are visually impaired which involves touch as well as sightShannah Oliver - Art and Design (Progressed from: The Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form)
We believe that people learn best when they work together, engaging in the process of debate and dialogue, instruction and construction. Our focus is on developing an environment where your imagination and creativity can flourish, in studios and workshops that are equipped to offer you the opportunity to express and realise your ideas and ambitions.
Deciding where to study and invest in your future is an important decision. At Colchester School of Art you learn in small groups, with regular quality contact time with your tutors. Our students, past and present, speak highly of the support, encouragement and advice they receive from our dedicated and experienced staff.
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External Examiner Quotes
The students experience of teaching and learning is currently at a high standard.
The written feedback to the students is very detailed, and was also deemed by the students as constructive, appropriate and quick.
The staff set high expectations, and the students understand and buy into this, which in turn means they have ownership of the experience, this evidenced by the exhibition at Freerange.
In the day to day running of the course, Staff are supportive and constructively critical, this is helping the students gain a wide range of skills and attributes.
The workflow is clearly rigourous for both analogue and digital process, the finish of the work is fit for purpose, the external exhibition at Freerange underpins and provides a context for the high level of expectation promoted by staff.
Of note: the relationships the course has with Canon, Bowens, Ilford and Adobe, alongside external links with local schools, community organisations and galleries, this is all good/excellent practice.
The students talked of the excellent standard of tuition and tutorial support for all aspects of contextual studies, deeming the whole experience ‘supportive and inspiring’.
The students enthused about cross year tutorial activity, they are happy to be involved, to help others and get advice from students who had already made progress. This is at the heart of what courses with smaller cohorts can do well, and this forms the USP of the provision.
The students spoke how well the modules fit together, they were clearly informed and knew how to make the best of the opportunities offered to them.
I don’t know where I would be without this course. A huge thank you to the brilliant tutors who keep each day exciting and new and the massive help they are! This has been by far the best course I’ve taken and would take it again if I could!Sabrina Luckman - Extended Diploma in Graphic Arts Level 3
Studying level 0 art and design was a wonderfully exciting experience, I got to explore many different areas of art and design which in turn enabled me it find areas that interested me the most and where I’d like to further my own practice.
From exploring what drawing may be, to delving into the history of art, creating with like minded people and having access to amazing facilities, what more could you want!?Thomas Dilloway - BA Art and Design Level 0