BTEC Art & Design students at The Sixth Form College, Solihull have been learning what it takes to work as a freelance artist thanks to a live brief project as part of their course.
The second year students on the BTEC Extended Diploma Art & Design course were split into groups to take on different projects and given 4 weeks to complete their work, sticking to a brief given to them by a client.
Six of the BTEC Art & Design students were commissioned to create a Curiosity Zine. This involved each student creating a double page spread of the curiosities offered by each of the courses offered by the Creative Arts department. It included key information about the best books to read, the best galleries/theatres to visit, the best websites to help students to expand on their contextual knowledge and understanding and offer routes of inspiration.
Three students were tasked with producing canvas paintings based on macro photographs of musical instruments to be used in the Music department of the College. Another trio of students also worked with the Music department. Their commission was to design the cover of the Easter Concert Music programme and the design for the tickets and posters. Another four students worked on a similar project, but with the Drama department, as they were commissioned to produce a promotional poster and programme front cover for the four different Year 13 Drama Showcases.
As well as the Music and Drama performances, the Visual Arts courses also celebrate their successes by way of an annual exhibition and four of the BTEC students were commissioned to create a permanent exhibition of past exhibition posters, leaving room for future posters too.
Another quartet of students were commissioned to curate a Photography exhibition from their fieldtrip to Rome in October 2018, producing a collection of four photographs, while one student was commissioned to produce three paintings for the MIS Office, reflecting landscapes seen in the College and nearby Brueton Park. Finally, one student was tasked to do an Instagram Takeover for the Creative Arts official account @wearecreativeartssfc. This student was commissioned to document the progress of fellow students with their live brief projects and involved photos and videos of the work they were doing.
Creative Arts Curriculum Leader Zoe Maksymiw commented:
“Live briefs are a vital part of the work all our students do in all our Visual Arts courses, whether at A level or BTEC. The BTEC students were given really varied projects to work on and it tested them in different ways, not least because some were working solo and some had to liaise with peers to work effectively as a team. I am really pleased with the work they have produced and proud of the skills they have developed during this four weeks.”
As well as BTEC Art & Design, the College offers A levels in Fine Art, Graphics and Photography.
10 June 2019