Art & Photography

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Pablo Picasso.

The Art and Design Department at Uckfield strives to promote an atmosphere of enjoyment and trust where students are encouraged to be both creative and ambitious.

Students will explore a wide range of media and gain inspiration from lots of different artists / craftspeople/ designers/photographers  in order to develop their own personal creative responses during their studies.

KS3 is designed to develop skills and embed key elements of Art and Design. Line, tone, form, colour and texture are all covered in Years 7 and 8. Year 9 is then used to develop conceptual thinking and independence in students artwork.

KS4/KS5  students can opt to study Fine Art and Photography. Students are introduced again to key skills, develop a deeper understanding of artists/photographers work and extend their studio practise to a more sophisticated level than KS3. Students are encouraged to work more and more  independently as they gain experience.  Both courses are designed around one unit of coursework and an externally set exam, which is studied in college and independently over a period of three months.  The course culminates in an annual A level and GCSE exhibition showcasing  the work of over 100 students. 
All courses are supported with weekly sessions after school, workshops at key points in the year, annual gallery visits for KS4 and KS5, day trips to enable students to work on location and an annual residential visit to either Amsterdam or New York.

The Department aims to keep a high profile both locally and Nationally. Work is submitted to the National Student Art Exhibition and Farley Farm Trust bi-annual exhibition.  KS3 students produce work for The Towner Gallery annual show.  A level students are able to hire the school gallery and are encouraged to exhibit locally in Uckfield Art Festival. [Read more]

“Beauty can be seen in all things, once you start noticing details, you inevitably start to see how much beauty is all around you.” —


 For more information about Art and Design or Photography , 
please contact Bethan Archer , Curriculum Leader at the College.