Archive for the ‘Art & Design’ Category

20th Century Architecture and Design

Why did Sweden based architect, Ralph Erskine sail an old Thames barge, on a hazardous voyage from London to Stockholm? And why was Tatlin’s Tower, a Soviet constructivist building designed to rival the Eiffel Tower, never built?
If you’re fascinated by these and other questions from the history of 20th century architecture and design, then this course is for you. Learn about the development of architecture and design in Europe, North America and the former Soviet Union. Discover the key architects, designers and movements that emerged, many as a response to the end of world wars, industrialisation and scientific and technological progress. No prior knowledge needed

Higher National Certificate in Interior Architecture

Are you looking for a career in interior design and architecture?  This exciting and challenging one-year programme is offered as a one-day plus one-evening pathway into interior architecture and is equivalent to the first year of a degree course. 

Taught by established practitioners this course will equip students to meet the increasing demand for well-trained designers with strong design flair and sound technical and managerial knowledge.

Our students work with many leading employers and have also progressed onto many of the top design universities in the UK including Glasgow School of Art, University of the Arts London and the University of Westminster.

Students will learn through formal teaching and demonstrations, hands on practical work, lectures, seminars, discussions, group work and visits to galleries and exhibitions in and around London, along with the opportunity to meet practising designers.

The course includes a series of projects designed to develop students’ creativity and build on existing design skills. Design projects are exploratory, experimental and large in scale, where the manipulation of spaces and technology enable the creation of stimulating, innovative and safe environments. At this level, students are expected to work independently on their own projects while being provided with on-going design support through regular tutorials.

On completion, students will be ready for entry-level employment, start-up businesses or the second year of a degree programme.

This is a rare opportunity to gain a genuine understanding of both design and management principles, focusing on their application to a modern business and design orientated environment.

The programme will enable students to:

  • Define, analyse and develop problem-solving techniques
  • Promote visual awareness and 3D thinking
  • Develop an appreciation and understanding of how spaces are inhabited and the effects of form, structure, colour and light
  • Explore the connections between architecture and interior design
  • Work alongside practising designers

Subjects studied include:

  • Developmental drawing
  • The Creative Process
  • Digital applications for design; Photoshop and InDesign
  • Vectorworks & Google SketchUp
  • History and theory of Design
  • Critical profiles of designers and their buildings
  • 3D Materials, technology and processes
  • Design and drawing for construction details
  • Professional skills for industry
  • Materials, finishes and products for design

GCSE English and Maths Grade A-C and an Art & Design Portfolio.

Glass Workshop

Extend your skills or learn to make ‘fused’ and ‘slumped’ kiln formed glass items in the kiln, as well as the traditional techniques of copper foiling and stained glass . All levels welcome.

Glass Workshop- Building Skills for the Advanced Glass Artist

This course aims to extend techniques and develop personal work and visual identity through individual guidance and support. It is suitable for those who have completed a full time level 3 course or have advanced making skills. Students pay for glass used and a studio fee.

Introduction to Glass

This fun taster into glassmaking introduces the traditional techniques of copper foiling and stained glass, including kilnwork. All levels welcome.

Getting into Interior Design

For students with an interest in Interior Design, learn the basic elements of how to: survey a space, select colours and materials, learn technical and free-hand drawing, produce mood and sample boards and prepare a portfolio of work for entry into more advanced courses

Getting into Vectorworks

Learn the basics of this versatile, internationally recognised CAD programme. A taster to get you started, with a view to studying our longer and advanced courses.

Designing a Small City Garden

If you’ve always wanted to design the perfect urban garden, this 4-week course will show you how. A professional tutor will walk you through the essential principles of spatial design and plant science. After that, you’ll be introduced to garden design materials and construction methods, whether you need to consider planning regulations, and sustainability. This course also includes an introduction to digital design tools such as Google Sketchup. At the end of the four weeks you will have finished a completed design under the supervision of a professional tutor, ready to implement. No prior knowledge is needed for this course.

Design a Theatre Stage Set

Whether you’re considering a career, or designing the set for an amateur production, our 4-week course is the perfect introduction to theatre and set design. A theatre design professional will show you how designers interpret written text; how to storyboard your design ideas; and how to make models by hand or using 3D software. At the end of the course you will have completed a finished design, either as a physical model or a computer-based object. No prior knowledge is needed for this course.

UAL Diploma in Art & Design

The KCC Art & Design Level 3 pathway integrated with Foundation Preparation offers motivated learners the opportunity to develop their art and design portfolios for successful entry to the Level 4 Foundation Course and other art courses at KCC or University.

The course is structured with units which cover an introduction to: Visual language, Research skills, Critical and Contextual awareness, Materials, Processes and Technical skills. Using Drawing, Painting, 3D Sculpture, Printmaking and Photography.

Further units integrate diverse approaches to making art and developing personal projects.

The course is project based and students are given encouragement and support to develop their personal ideas. There is also a strong commitment to the development of drawing skills as a tool for the communication of ideas. The Level 3 ensures that students develop the knowledge, skills, understanding and confidence required to work independently and to direct their own learning. The course also provides opportunities for those who are intrigued and motivated by art and design to explore, develop and test their creativity within a structured programme. Our aim is to provide a sound base of skills and knowledge, while enhancing self-confidence and revealing the potential career opportunities within the sector.