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School Leavers' Enrolment - Art, Design & Fashion

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Art courses start W/C 06 September 2021.

Induction will take place from Tuesday 31 August (please note Monday 30 August is a bank holiday.)

Art, Design & Fashion


Apron or large old shirt to protect your clothes during workshop times (add a name tag)


Here are some suggested books which you may find interesting in supporting your research and understanding of art movements and aesthetics.

  • Ernst Gombrich ‘The Story of Art’
  • Deyan Sudjic ‘The Language of Things’
  • John Berger ‘Ways of Seeing’
  • Matthew Collings ‘This is Modern Art’

Art kit

Equipment will be checked and expect to undertake some practical initial assessments during the first week.

  • Variety of drawing pencils – HB, 2B, 4B and 6B
  • Plastic (hard) rubber
  • Charcoal (Compressed charcoal and willow charcoal)
  • Scissors
  • Craft Knife & Cutting Mat
  • Hair Spray (fixing artwork)
  • Brushes (synthetic ones for acrylic are fine, some fine: size 1-5 and some large size 10, 12) also some thick house-hold brushes.
  • Palette Knives (plastic OK)
  • Acrylic paints –  primary colours and black and white (students tend to use more white so you may need twice as much)
  • 30cm metal ruler, Pencil sharpener, A4 ring binder, Writing pad paper, PVA white glue, glue sticks
  • String, scrap paper, magazines, etc
  • Masking tape
  • Watercolour tin
  • A USB stick or SD card (at least 64GB)
  • External hard drive
  • A3 Sketchbook and A5 plain drawing pad for each project
  • A3/A2 Plastic Portfolio (to carry work in)
  • Tracing paper
  • Cartridge paper
  • Canvases: (on cardboard are cheaper)

Equipment for Textiles

  • Sewing and tapestry needles
  • Dressmakers pins
  • Sewing threads cotton or poly-cotton
  • Embroidery and fabric scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Collect swatches of cotton fabric or old pillowcases, or other leftover fabric.
  • Set square and protractor

Equipment for 3D Design

  • A pack of Fine card for scoring
  • Thin white and black card
  • A range of coloured card
  • Wire –  1 mm binding wire or steel wire or thin florets wire would do)
  • Small flat and round pliers

Equipment for Graphics & Photography

  • Digital Camera or Mobile Phone camera
  • Video editing access: on computer: Adobe Premier, Imovie, Lightworks, or smart phone: imovie, Quik, Filmorago

During some specialist blocks, you may be asked to purchase more specialist materials such as small amounts of silver for jewellery or specialist materials for fashion and textiles.

Work Experience

Click here for Work Experience information.