Covers both observational skills and the expression of the imagination. It opens the eyes to the so called 'real world' and channels ideas and experiences into colours, lines and shapes.

Core concepts to all art and design areas, such as colour theory, composition and drawing approaches are introduced. Representational skills such as proportion and perspective are taught and the development of each student's original style is nurtured.

Gouache and acrylics are normally used although watercolours and oils can be accommodated.

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Suitable for students interested in comics, political and street art, cartooning, children's books, magazine illustration and any other area where artwork communicates ideas or stories to an audience.

The emphasis of the projects is on a free and innovative approach to realistic briefs using a diverse range of media and music, poems, animation and the like as stimuli. An illustration catches a mood and instantly conveys a message about the subject or product.

Students are trained to get inside a project, opening up key themes and thinking laterally to create relevant and contemporary imagery.

..for students interested in comics, political and street art, cartooning, children's books, magazine illustration

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A course for students who would like to learn how to produce high quality digital images and how to manipulate them for maximum effect using Photoshop.

Students learn how to operate a professional digital camera on location and in the studio. Using professional photo editing software the images are then enhanced both technically and aesthetically. This includes colour management and workflow, preparing the images effectively for exhibition quality printing and the preparation of photos for presentation on the web.

Projects are designed to develop students' practical and creative skills whilst compiling a body of research to help inspire and inform their own work.

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Focuses on responding to and representing the nude, human figure in its many forms.

Fast drawing of short poses encourages a response which makes students live the experience, so overcoming shyness and fear of personal expression. Longer poses allow a study of the whole figure as well as sections focusing on detail.

Class exercises may include life sized drawings, collage, tonal studies, contour breakdown, plane intersection and colour in the development of a versatile and refined visual sense.

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Explores the tactile and visual elements of materials creating surface pattern and texture on flat artwork, textural fabrications and 3D forms for application in interior design, fashion and as installations.

Taking the qualities of colour, texture, surface and form students dissect and analyse these elements, disregarding preconceptions and expressing new ideas through unrestricted exploration. A variety of techniques including weave, knit, tie-dye and batik are taught using pastels, wax, bleach, sponges and stencils amongst other media.

Taking the qualities of colour, texture, surface and form students dissect and analyse these elements, disregarding preconceptions and expressing new ideas through unrestricted exploration.

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Spans last century to the present day through a series of lectures, PowerPoint presentations and class discussions as well as visits to exhibitions and permanent collections.

Students' critical review faculties and analytical abilities improve through absorbing visual and verbal messages alongside interacting with others. Visual skills arising through the body of art historical facts and theories feed into the students' practical work and locate it within a broader framework.

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Teaches the skills of hard line measured drawing combined with lighting, rendering, material, finishes and furniture as well as the presentation of mood and sample boards. The course covers how to survey, scale and draw both plans, sections and elevations as well as axonometric drawings. Projects range from compact living spaces to cutting edge urban environments.

The emphasis is on the students' ability to create original interior and exterior architectural spaces based on creative and analytical investigations/research. Visualisation may be by hand or using 3D software

The course covers how to survey, scale and draw both plans, sections and elevations as well as axonometric drawings.

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Focuses on developing visual concepts through the creative use of words and imagery for the commercial environment.

The course includes magazine, CD and packaging design as well as advertisements, logotype and corporate branding. The studio is equipped with state of the art Apple Macs including the key software of Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash and InDesign as well as desk and wall space for traditional media.

Exploring typographic design and graphic image making, projects range from the commercial world to experimental work documenting personal experience. Combining digital and traditional the process of working through a brief to finished artwork trains the student to convey their intentions with impact.

The course includes magazine, CD and packaging design as well as advertisements, logotype and corporate branding.

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Focuses on developing your skills in researching and exploring a variety of fashion visualisation techniques used by fashion designers and illustrators. Learners will produce a range of individual approaches using a variety of media, methods and materials to develop their own style and response to a given brief.

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Practically demonstrates techniques, equipment and materials. The course covers black and white tonal control, printing materials, studio lighting, shooting techniques for still life and portraiture, types of film, colour control using different light sources and creative darkroom processes like toning, bleaching and hand tinting.

A workbook is constructed by each student for personal reference. Workshops provide the skills and experience necessary to make connections between the use of techniques and visual meaning, which, in turn, makes for a much improved photographic portfolio

Workshops provide the skills and experience necessary to make connections between the use of techniques and visual meaning, which, in turn, makes for a much improved photographic portfolio.

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Students are given instruction in camera functions, studio and location photography, lighting, processing film, darkroom skills, printing techniques and presentation.This course teaches the skills involved in black and white photography.

We are fortunate to have our Practical Photography classes operating from the internationally renowned Holborn Studios. Students have the opportunity to use a state of the art studio and darkroom facilities and are also able to use the canteen and other amenities at the site. Holborn Studios is also the home of the Association of Photographers and is recognised worldwide as a centre for professional photography. Bill’s darkroom was opened by the internationally respected photographer David Bailey.

Blake Photography students pay a small charge of £100 per six week project, or £12.50 for a half day, when using this world class facility.

Resources include a fully equipped darkroom with eight enlargers and a studio with professional flash and tungsten lighting as well as backgrounds.

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This is both a technical and creative course, instructing students on the efficient use of Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Dreamweaver on state of the art Apple Mac computers.

It is suitable both for beginners and those who want to extend their knowledge and skills. Photoshop is for manipulating and combining images, Illustrator is used to create logos and illustrations, InDesign is great for layout and typography while Dreamweaver is for designing and developing websites. Authentic design briefs give an edge to the learning.

The skills acquired in this course allow for a wide range of applications across art, graphic design and photography.

This Is both a technical and creative course, instructing students on the proper use of Adobe CS5 Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign on state of the art Apple Mac computers.

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