A hub for the production and exchange of ideas
Art and Design is a vital element in our pupils development and is compulsory for all up to and including the Second Form. The Department is dynamic and progressive, engaging pupils in a variety of artistic media and creative experiences. It allows them to develop their imagination, curiosity and engagement with the world around them.
In the Third Form, pupils can select to continue to study Art and Design completing a one-year course in preparation for GCSE. From here pupils can choose to study either GCSE Fine Art or GCSE Three-Dimensional Design in the Fourth and Fifth Form.
The importance of Art and Design is celebrated in diverse displays and exhibitions throughout the School. The highlight of the year is the Summer Show where GCSE and A-Level pupils display their ambitious and exciting works.
The studios and workshops are superbly equipped to teach painting and drawing, print-making, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and digital media. The department's Three-Dimensional workshops encourage sophisticated design projects from the youngest pupils upwards. Our specialist equipment includes 3D printers, laser cutters, screen printing beds, a large printing press, throwing wheels, and a kiln. Among the Department's staff are professional practicing artists who offer a window onto the working world of art and design, and encourage them to engage with modern ways of thinking.
The School is within easy reach of a number of galleries including Tate Modern, The Barbican, The Courtauld, the Hayward Galleries, The National Gallery and The National Portrait Gallery. We take full advantage of our position in the heart of London to prepare pupils for future careers in the creative industries. Each year a number of our Sixth Form pupils go on to study at Art Schools such as Central St Martins, Kingston, Chelsea and Camberwell. Others go on to study at Schools of Architecture such as world-renowned The Bartlett (University of London), Cambridge, and Glasgow.
Pupils are encouraged to explore ideas, be curious and imaginative and experience the subject through their creative and practical skills.