The Art & Design Department runs courses for learners with a practical interest in creative work. The department’s work is multi-disciplinary, including: Textiles, Fashion, Print, Drawing, Painting, History of Art, Sculpture, Animation, Photography & film, Illustration, Graphic design, 3D & ceramics.
Our students have progressed on to university-level qualifications at:
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. Industry-standard processing, digital imaging and photography studios with Broncolor lighting, complete range of film cameras and monochrome darkroom.
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 on 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.