Art & Design
The Art & Design Department runs courses for learners with a practical interest in creative work. The department’s work is multi-disciplinary, including:
• History of Art
• Photography & film
• Graphic design
• 3D & ceramics
Our enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff have trained at internationally renowned art schools and are professionally practising artists and designers active in the art and design community, regularly exhibiting work.
The department has purpose-built, naturally lit studios and specialist workshops for printmaking, 3D & digital work. Students also have access to photography and film equipment, darkrooms, photography studios and facilities for working with sound. Tutor demonstrators and technicians are available to help learners to get the most from the equipment and facilities available. The department has an open studio policy and students often work in the department outside normal class hours on their portfolios and projects.
Working with Other Departments and Organisations
There are a large number of creative arts students at Nescot and students help each other with projects frequently. We have a programme of visiting artists and designers to give students experience of working with a wide range of talents and temperaments and each year we stage a major end of year public exhibition. There are also opportunities to work on live design briefs, exhibit work outside of the college and collaborate with the performing arts department on costume, set and prop design.
Students recently took part in a collaborative project with the Epsom Symphony Orchestra, creating visual art in response to music and dance. The results went onto to be exhibited in the concerts performed by the orchestra.
Not all work takes place in studios and classrooms – we visit places relevant to the areas we are covering in the curriculum, as well as visits to galleries and museums.
Many of our students progress on to higher education and careers within the art & design sector, such as fine art, fashion, textiles, footwear design, graphic design, illustration, interior design, animation and 3D design. Some learners develop confidence and new skills with us before moving into other industries. We believe that they all retain an interest in creative work.
- Candy Lai
- National Diploma in Art & Design
Why did you decide to come to Nescot?
I wanted to come to a local college and I really liked the campus at Nescot. People here were much more friendly too.
What have you enjoyed most?
We went on a trip to see some pieces by Anthony Gormley that really opened my eyes to the possibilities in my own work.
How has your time here changed you?
I’m so much more confident in my work now. Because we work in small groups there is a real bond and everyone supports each other. We are encouraged by our peers as well as the teaching staff.
What is the best thing about Nescot?
There’s a lovely atmosphere here. Everyone really wants to get you to where you want to be and the support I’ve received has been brilliant. You learn so much about yourself and your work.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m going on to study fashion at University.