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The work produced in our art department speaks for itself. Our students are talented and hardworking. These qualities together with the chance to study in small classes with individual attention from our experienced team, means that our students progress quickly whilst widening their knowledge and ability with support and guidance every step of the way.

At St Andrew’s College, Cambridge, we offer the option to take A Level Art, Photography or Fashion & Textiles as one of your choices or you can choose a Foundation course. Foundation course options include

Foundation courses are a fast track route to university and we offer a 9 month course course starting in September and a 6 month course starting in January.

Graphic Design

image of art work using letters of the alphabet

Students will be given a specific brief and follow the design process to produce a series of outcomes. They will attend a series of practical workshops and learn skills in order to present their graphic work such as Photoshop and bookbinding. 

Life Drawing

Students will work from the life model using a variety of experimental techniques to improve their observational skills.  

Fine Art

Fine art generally refers to an art form mainly practised for its aesthetic value. You’ll learn more about fine art and its artists whilst learning the skills and techniques necessary to unlock your own creative potential.

Art History

Students will explore the most important art movements of the 20th century such as Expressionism, Dada, Pop Art and Minimalism. Students will learn about the most prominent artists, artworks and the social contexts of each movement. Their studies will span modern history of fashion, photography, architecture, fine art and graphic design. Art history will guide students to inform and contextualise their own art practices.  

Fashion & Textiles

In our fashion and textiles classes, you will begin to develop and widen your knowledge of textiles. You’ll undertake visual research to demonstrate originality and innovation in textiles whilst generating ideas and concepts allowing you to experiment making appropriate use of materials and processes. You’ll have access to the equipment you need along with a multitude of material types to create your work.

Sculpture & 3D Studies

These classes will give you a foundational understanding of sculpture and 3D design. As you’re developing your understanding of three-dimensional media , you’ll discover which concepts are most relevant to your personal artistic interests. You’ll learn how to use various tools and machinery and will work with many different types of material to create ideas that will be developed through experimental model making.


Once students have produced work in any of the disciplines they will be taught how to photograph, edit and curate their images to make both portfolio sheets and E-portfolios ready for interview.  

Digital Photography

Students will learn how to use digital cameras, lenses, studio lighting and will be taught about the technical and aesthetic concepts involved in taking successful photographs. Students will also learn how to edit their photographs using the Photoshop package.  

Alison Gautrey – Head of Art – BA (Hons) 3D Design, Ceramics and Glass

Alison is our Head of Art. She is a practising Ceramicist currently represented by Jaggedart Gallery, She recently exhibited at Collect 2019 and the Saatchi Gallery London. Her work has been exhibited internationally at The Guggenheim Museum and Le Bon Marche, Paris. She has also designed for DKNY, Conran and Henri Bendel. Alison has 20 years of teaching experience from A Level to Degree. She has taught Foundation in Art and Design which includes Architecture, Life Drawing, 3D Design, Sculpture, Art History and Ceramics. She is also an examiner for Cambridge International Examinations so has an excellent insight into the standards of work required and drives our Art Department to produce high quality work.

Natalie McIntyre – BA (Hons) MFA, PGCE – Photography and Fine Art Teacher

Natalie has been teaching Art and Photography for 17 years and has been with St. Andrews since 2014 teaching Digital Photography. 

She received her Masters of Fine Art from The Slade, UCL in 1999 and went onto study a PGCE at the Institute of Education. She has worked in secondary and further education including Head of Photography at King’s Ely and Art Coordinator at King’s College, Cambridge. I have also been employed as a Team Leader by Cambridge International Education, marking GCSE and A Level exam papers from global centres. At St. Andrews, Natalie teaches Digital Photography and Fine Art and is also the Senior Tutor in the Art Department. 

Outside of college she’s a practising artist and her work includes drawing, printmaking, painting and photography. 

Heather Carmichael BA, PGCE – Art & Design Teacher

Heather has been teaching Art and Textiles for 35 years and has been with St Andrew’s since 2005 teaching fashion and textiles on A Level and Foundation Art courses. She also works in a large art department in a Cambridgeshire school for 11- 18 year olds teaching across the entire age range.

Heather has also been employed by Cambridge International Education as an A Level and GCSE examiner. Outside college, she pursues her own work using print and embroidery.

Below is a selection of our students portfolio work that they submitted to universities in 2019.

Here are some of of Art students who graduated from their foundation courses in 2019 and are now studying at university.

Tay from Malaysia graduated from her Art Foundation course in 2019 with Distinction with Honours. She is now studying Graphic Design at
Northumbria University
Putra from Indonesia graduated from his Architecture Foundation course in 2019 with Distinction with Honours. He is now studying Architecture at Newcastle University where he was offered a scholarship.
Mella from Malaysia graduated from her Art Foundation course in 2019 with Distinction with Honours. She is now studying Illustration and Visual Media at University of the Arts London

Margaret from China graduated from her Art Foundation course in 2019 with Distinction. She is now studying Fashion Design at Leeds Arts University
Jiha from Korea graduated in 2019 from her Media Foundation Course with Distinction with Honours. She is now studying Digital Media at Leeds University
Becky from China graduated from her Art Foundation Course in 2019 with Distinction with Honours. She is now studying Graphic Design at the University of Southampton