The superb new Art Centre at Queen’s has provided the College with some of the best facilities in the South West. The spacious, brilliantly lit studios provide specialist teaching facilities for printmaking, fashion and textiles and individual exhibition space for A level students.
Textiles is a new and exciting course which has been introduced to offer students the opportunity to gain the essential skills required to pursue a career path within the textiles, fashion and other creative industries. The most essential requirement of the course is a passion for the subject and a desire to explore the creative and expressive use of materials. Students study methodologies with emphasis placed on innovation and experimentation inspired by contemporary textiles.
Unit 1 of the AS course builds upon knowledge, understanding and the development of skills through research, drawing, design development and critical and contextual understanding. You will generate practical work, ideas and research from primary and contextual sources and then present your outcomes based on themes developed from personal starting points. Unit 2, the culmination of the AS course, consists of a paper on a broad-based thematic starting point for which extensive guidance is given in the preparatory period.
At A2 level, there are two-linked elements, each with separate final outcomes – practical work and personal study. The development of these is shown through supporting studies; your innovation and creativity will be essential as will be your own, strong, personal identity. The externally set assessment is again based on one broad-based thematic starting point and plenty of guidance is given to you through the preparatory period.
A Level Textiles opens the door to further and higher education and leads to careers as a textile designer, fashion designer, jewellery designer, interior designer, photographic stylist, fashion stylist, fashion predictor, fashion illustrator, costume designer and colourist.
Art is displayed all around the campus and if you visit Queen’s College you will see many examples of stunning and adventurous projects and exhibits. Please click below to see a carousel of photographs illustrating some of the projects undertaken recently. There are regular excursions to art galleries such as the Saatchi and Tate Modern in London and St Ives, sculpture parks and to the National Trust as well as international art trips to Venice, Barcelona, Paris and New York which help inspire the students in their work. In addition there are artists’ workshops held in school and the 10-day Quartz Festival, where professional artists, textile artists, sculptures, jewellery makers and ceramicists from all over the South West gather to exhibit enables our pupils to see first-hand working artists.
The Art department also runs many co-curricular activities after school and at weekends such as fashion clubs and the studios are generally a hive of activity. There is an annual art exhibition, featuring work from senior year groups held during the Summer Term. However visitors to the Art department coming at any time of year are extremely welcome and will see a vast array of creative work displayed in a variety of mediums.