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Head of Art and Photography - Mr Tim Strange
The aims of both the Art and the Photography courses are to develop an understanding of the nature of visual thinking and its appropriate language, to develop the capacity for creative thought and action and to develop skills in drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and other media.
The principal requirements for the study of Art & Design or Photography at Sixth Form level are self motivation, creative imagination and technical skill. Students are encouraged to experience and experiment with a range of different artistic materials and processes. We aim to encourage independence, flexibility, spontaneity and excitement in students’ work.
The core elements of the A-level course provides opportunities to explore and specialise in the following disciplines: Drawing, Life Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics, Graphic Design, Photography, Film and Video. While the first half term of the course is spent establishing an essential work ethic and building foundations for the understanding and realisation of a visual language, the subsequent terms are spent experimenting in the disciplines indicated above, providing close links to each unit studied. The final term is spent preparing and executing work for the Externally Set Assignment which is then internally assessed and is subject to external moderation.
All A-level work is exhibited in Trinity's professional exhibition space, The Shaw Gallery, and parents, boys and guests are invited. Activities include visits to exhibitions at the main London galleries as well as study visits abroad, for example to Florence, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Madrid. This enables candidates to relate their work to the work of other artists, designers, and photographers both from the present and past.
Following the completion of a one year Art Foundation course at Art College or University successful applications are often made to degree courses. Several students pursue the UCAS route and then advance to professional careers within the expanding fields of Photography, Art and Design. These may involve architecture, advertising, theatre and television work to name but a few of the opportunities available.