spotlight on… art & design: fashion and graphics

Here, we take a closer look at BTEC Art & Design: Fashion & Graphics which is available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our current students to give us a bit of insight into the course, what’s involved and what it’s like studying here at Cowley Sixth Form College.


When did you first consider studying Graphics? What captured your interest?

My interest in studying Graphics came from attending a Cowley Sixth Form Open Evening in Year 11. I saw the Year 13 coursework on display, in particular the Rocky Horror and Little Shop Of Horrors promotional material, which made me interested in making my own versions and learning about how to make them. This lead me to choosing graphics as an option when I signed up to Cowley.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

What has surprised me is the volume of leeway that is given to the students in what they want to focus their work around. Year 13 provides greater freedom, as opposed to the first year however, but the option to include your own personality throughout all of the coursework is present throughout.

What support is available?

The teachers are really easy to talk to, so taking a few minutes aside in class to speak about queries is a comfortable experience. Even if you need a question answering outside of the classroom, students are given the emails of teachers, who generally respond very quickly.

What do you enjoy the most about the lessons?

I enjoy the fun atmosphere of the classes the most. The students and teachers are able to have interesting conversations while also continuing to produce coursework at the same time, making graphics an overall enjoyable subject.

What have you found the most challenging?

I have found that time management is the most challenging when it comes to me personally, as to making sure all of my coursework is completed on time. The detail that is required to get high grades is difficult to include, but not out of reach due to the support offered.

What advice would you give to someone thinking about taking the subject?

Someone thinking of taking Graphics should be aware that there is a lot of research that goes into the course and that it isn’t all creative projects. However, this makes the practical sections even better to look forward to and more enjoyable.

Would you still pick Graphics if you had to choose your options again?

If I were to pick my options again, I would definitely choose graphics as the course has helped me to be more confident with speaking to teachers and classmates for advice on improving my work. Graphics is also a really good creative outlet, so I would not swap it for another subject.


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