Calday has the highest performing Art department across all grammar schools in the UK. The department has large, well equipped spacious studios including a dedicated Sixth Form room. A cutting edge computer Apple Mac suite is available for our Art students and enables us to deliver commercial/industrial digital skills including animation, film and image manipulation. Creative-thinking and problem-solving are key to all aspects of our work and students develop the skills to:

  • explore and record experiences, concepts and themes
  • use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to inform personal progress and
    develop critical and imaginative thinking
  • plan and develop ideas in the light of their own and others’ evaluations
  • organise, select and communicate ideas, solutions and responses.

Being creative isn’t only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities. The creative business sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. The course gives students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work reflecting a personal response to contemporary themes and issues that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in higher education.

Our students go on to University to study subjects including: architecture, fashion & textiles, Fine Art , graphics & illustration, concept design, commercial photography, computer game design and video animation.

Please visit Pinterest at where you will find showcased our students work.

Students are required to work in one or more area(s) of Fine Art, including: drawing and painting, mixed-media (including collage and assemblage), digital skills, sculpture, ceramics, installation, printmaking (relief, intaglio, screen processes and lithography), moving image and photography.

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria (see page 12), students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in Art at GCSE (or equivalent).

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