At St Andrew’s College we offer several pathways for studying art, all of which prepare our students for further study of this creative subject. So what is it really like to study art in Cambridge? St Andrew’s College art teachers Natalie McIntyre and Alison Gautrey offer an insight into our Art Foundation and Art & Photography A Level courses.
St Andrew’s College welcomes many international students, some of whom come to us with little to no experience of the British education system, particularly when it comes to the study of art. Most of our students intend to go onto a UK university, and it is our job to prepare them. We teach them the techniques and skills required to study art at degree level, as well as guiding them through portfolio preparation and practice interviews.
Using a hands-on approach, the art department fosters creativity in our students, allowing them to experiment with new techniques and materials and to learn through exploration. With careful guidance, students are inducted into the British education system, with the use of individual tutorials and an intensive course structure enabling us to nurture students along the path to developing their own creative vision.
We take advantage of the local museums and galleries that Cambridge has to offer, with class trips to the world-famous Fitzwilliam Museum and Cambridge University Botanic Gardens. Workshops on subjects such as life-drawing, mixed media and book-binding provide skills-based learning opportunities, while demonstrating how students can develop their repertoire and showcase varied techniques in their portfolios.
Our art teachers are also industry practitioners – Alison Gautrey creates delicate porcelain bowls which have been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum, New York and the V&A Museum, London; while Natalie McIntyre specialises in drawing insects and has had her work exhibited in the Espacio Gallery, London. This allows them to bring real enthusiasm and a contemporary approach to the classroom.
The expertise and passion of our art teachers translates to excellent results – with 100% of our A Level Art students passing with grade A* to B in 2018, including a huge 86% gaining A* or A in the subject. As we continue to refine our art courses year on year, adapting to the needs and ambitions of our students, we expect the great results to keep on coming!
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