What are we looking for?

Applications are invited from candidates who have a genuine interest, and engagement, in art and design. As well as developing skills in painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and other areas normally associated with the teaching of art, an Art Scholarship is intended to give recognition to practical ability or potential within this wide field, whether artistically based or more design directed. Sixth Form (16+) candidates must be studying Art at GCSE (or equivalent) level and be choosing an A Level in Art in order to be considered for an Art Scholarship.

Scholars’ Programme

Art Scholars are expected to make the most of the facilities of the School’s Art Department to pursue their particular interests and develop their skills both within and outside the taught curriculum to GCSE level and beyond. They will be invited to participate in the scholars programme of lectures and dinners, as well as a separate programme of events and trips focused particularly on art.

The 13+ Assessment Process

Third Year (13+) applications are made via your son’s Prep School. For internal students, the Teacher in Charge of Scholars and the Head of Art will propose suitable candidates to the Head for consideration. Internal candidates will then follow the same assessment process as external applicants.

Please note, a candidate may not be entered for both an Art and a D&T Scholarship.

All candidates are asked to submit a digital portfolio of work to showcase their ability, and it is hoped that much of it will be exploratory, experimental and drawing-based in a variety of media. Any 3D work such as pottery, sculpture and design projects can be presented through good quality photographs giving a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality. As a guide, this portfolio should not exceed 20 slides or images.

The assessment will be a combination of a practical art assessment, using any media of their choice, based on the observation of a set subject. Candidates will be encouraged to tackle the task to show their skills in drawing and sensitivity to the basic elements of art and design (line, tone, colour, pattern, texture etc) through a considered composition and the creative use of media. They will also have an interview with the Head of Art, which will include a discussion about their portfolio.

The 16+ Assessment Process

For Sixth Form (16+) applications, please contact [email protected].