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7th December 2021

Today, our Creative Arts students enjoyed a talk from Rob Hemmings from Wiltshire College & University Centre about foundation art and design courses, and progression to Higher Education.

The talk was a great insight into the next steps that students can take after studying Creative Arts courses at A-Level.

Students studying A-Levels in Textiles, Fine Art, Craft & Design, Graphic Communication and Photography at St Brendan’s came together to learn more about foundation courses, and studying the creative arts at university.

Foundation art and design courses offer the chance for students to experiment with different mediums and styles and build their knowledge before they choose a pathway or course at degree level.

Students get to try out a variety of areas, from 3D design and Illustration, to Fashion business, Jewellery design and even Architecture and Furniture design.

At Wiltshire College, the yearlong course is split into three sections: Diagnostic – where students experiment and learn about a huge range of mediums. Specialist – students are able to dive deeper into a broad area to build their skills, before they move on to the next section; an independent project where students are able to use all they have learned on a project of their choosing.

A foundation course is ideal for developing skills and knowledge, providing students with the opportunity to move on to some of the very best degree programmes in the country, and ensures that art and design students know that they are on the best course for them.

As well as talking about the benefits of studying a foundation course, Rob also showcased some of his current students' art, to give an idea of what students could expect to be doing at the next level of study.

Find out more about studying the Creative Arts at St Brendan’s here.