Visual Arts Academy — Solihull Sixth Form College

Visual Arts Academy

BTEC Art & Design work examplesEnrichment Overview

The Visual Arts Academy is a Qualification Enrichment. Year 12 students will gain an EPQ qualification which is assessed at A Level standard and can contribute towards university and employment applications. Students will produce a piece of independent work based on any aspect of the Visual Arts. Students may choose to work on specialisms such as Architecture, Painting, Ceramics, Textiles, Fashion Design, Photography etc. Students are encouraged to be creative and innovative. The work completed cannot be connected to any aspect of their A Level subjects.

Why choose this enrichment

What our students say:

“The Visual Arts Academy really aided the progression of my college studies as it allowed me to explore an area of art that was not included in my BTEC Course and that I had always wanted to pursue. Not only did the course fulfil that intention, but it taught me such skills as preliminary research and methods of presentation and communication that I have used in my work since and will continue to utilise, especially at university.”  – Nina Dredger (BTEC Art & Design)
Destination: Goldsmiths, University of London – BA (Hons) Curating

“Visual Arts Academy has given me a chance to explore a totally different style of art which I wouldn’t ever have undertaken otherwise. Having little art experience from school, I took on a project which I always wanted to explore; illustrating a manga. Visual Arts Academy has allowed me to work more independently and has offered me opportunities to enhance key skills that are particularly significant in universities and in future generally. Skills such as analytical and communication skills as well as gathering, analysing, and interpreting information.” – Rimsha Rafique (Graphics)
Destination: BA (Hons) Criminology – University of Birmingham

“Researching the process of Art Therapy in my EPQ project elevated my passion for creativity. Through my deep understanding of the way that creative practice has many benefits for our mental health, I applied this to my Art A-level which enabled me to enjoy the meaningful process of art as well as appreciating the outcome of my work.” – Lauren Royall (Fine Art)
Destination: Foundation in Art and Design – Leeds Arts University

Case Study examples:

Case Study 1: This course is ideal for Y12 students aspiring to study Architecture at University as these courses require a portfolio alongside qualifications.
Case Study 2: This course is fantastic for Y12 students who have not studied/achieved a Visual Arts GCSE but would like to embark on a Visual Arts investigation in a specialism of choice.
Case Study 3: This course would provide an excellent opportunity for a Y12 student studying an Arts course, who wish to develop work for portfolio that is not covered in the Visual Arts A Levels we offer.

How long will the enrichment last?

EPQ – Starts in September and completed in Year 12.

How much time a week will it involve?

1 lesson per week and independent study – to take place in the ‘Enrichment’ slot of the timetable.

What will it cost?

Students will need to pay for costs of sketchbooks, printing and other specialist materials. The Visual Arts department sell most materials needed at a reduced cost.

Who can sign up?

All Year 12 students (both A level and BTEC).

How do I sign up?

When you attend your enrolment interview in August you will be able to add the Visual Arts Academy EPQ to your programme of study. It is not possible to do another enrichment alongside this.

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Case Studies

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