Art Scholarships

Art Scholarships for entry in September 2020

Up to two Art Scholarships will be offered for entry in September 2020 to boys 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.

Awards are made to candidates at 13+ (Third Year) and upon entry to the Sixth Form. Candidates must apply for either an Art award or a Design & Technology award. It is not possible for candidates to apply for both awards.

For external candidates, the winning of an Art award does not in itself secure a boy entry to the school; he must also meet the academic requirements for entrance in a separate examination appropriate to his age-group.

Internal candidates will be invited to participate by the Head following consultation with the Art Department.

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.  

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.

The Head of Art, Mr Paul Williamson, welcomes informal contact with potential candidates by emailing paul.williamson@abingdon.org.uk.

All awards are reviewed annually, and are subject to satisfactory academic progress and behaviour. Continued tenure of Art awards will be at the discretion of the Head of Department, and dependant upon continuing study of the subject.

The Scholarship carries an entitlement to a nominal fee remission of £300 per year. However, as is the case for all pupils, there is an option to apply for further financial assistance through a means-tested bursary.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office on 01235 849041 or email admissions@abingdon.org.uk.

Key Dates - Third Year (13+) Art Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by your son's school)
Friday 29 November 2019
Portfolio to be submitted
(3D work by photo only, digital portfolios by email)
During the week Monday 10 February - Friday 14 February 2020
Letter of reference from current art teacher To arrive by Friday 29 November 2019
Scholarship Assessment Wednesday 26 February 2020

Application Procedure

As well as a completed application form, an Art reference from the candidate’s current Art teachers will be requested.  

A portfolio of recent work by the candidate must be submitted either digitally or portfolios may be left at the school reception on Park Road during school hours. An email to tell us when you are coming would be helpful.

The portfolio should contain a maximum of 15 x A1 sheets and 2 x sketchbooks. Evidence of a wide variety of approaches is encouraged. It is hoped that much of the work submitted will be exploratory, experimental and drawing-based in a variety of media.  

Three-dimensional work such as pottery, sculpture and design projects should NOT be submitted with the portfolio, instead the work should be presented through good quality photographs showing a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality. One piece of three-dimensional work only may be brought to the assessment half day.

All work in the portfolio should be marked with the candidate’s name and school.  

Portfolios should be emailed to paul.williamson@abingdon.org.uk.

Candidates will be shortlisted to attend a half day of assessment and interview in February. They will spend their time working in the School’s art studios and will be expected to talk about their work and Art interests during the interview.

The Assessment

Following the submission of their portfolio, at the assessment candidates must be prepared to:

  • produce a test piece of mixed-media work on paper based on the observation of a chosen subject – very often a themed still life. 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.
  • attend an interview with the Head of Art during the assessment half day. This will give the candidates an opportunity to talk about their portfolio work, developing interests and any artists or designers that they admire.

For further information please contact the Admissions Office on 01235 849041 or email beverley.buckle@abingdon.org.uk.

Key Dates - Sixth Form (16+) Art Scholarships
Entry forms deadline
(online form to be completed by boy’s parent/legal guardian)
Friday 11 October 2019
Portfolio to be submitted
(3D work by photo only, digital portfolios by email)
During the week Monday 11 November - Friday 15 November 2019
Letter of reference from current art teacher To arrive by Friday 11 October 2019
Art Scholarship Assessment/Interviews Tuesday 19 November 2019

Application Procedure

As well as a completed application form, an Art reference from the candidate’s current Art teachers will be requested.  

A portfolio of recent GCSE coursework by the candidate must be submitted either digitally or portfolios may be left at the school reception on Park Road during school hours. An email to tell us when you are coming would be helpful.

The portfolio should include personal work produced by the candidate in their own time as well as GCSE coursework produced in school, school-based art clubs or holiday courses (a maximum of 15 x A1 sheets and 2 x sketchbooks).

Evidence of a wide variety of approaches is encouraged. It is hoped that much of the work submitted will be exploratory, experimental and drawing-based; a good deal of which might be suitable for submission in a sketchbook.

We are looking for the ability to produce not only sustained work from first-hand observation, but also imaginative, thoughtful and creative responses in a variety of media.

Candidates should have evidence of contextual reference, demonstrating critical analysis of their own and others' work. This could be annotation throughout a sketchbook, evaluative statements about artists’ work or their own art practice or book or exhibition reviews.

Three-dimensional work such as pottery and sculpture should NOT be submitted with the portfolio, instead the work should be presented through good quality photographs showing a clear and accurate indication of the work’s quality. One piece of three-dimensional work only may be brought to the assessment half day.

All work in the portfolio should be marked with the candidate’s name and school and should comply with JCQ Guidelines for the sharing of current GCSE work.

Digital portfolios should be emailed to paul.williamson@abingdon.org.uk.

Candidates will be shortlisted to attend a half day of assessment and interview on Tuesday 19 November 2019. They will  spend their time working in the School’s art studios or workshops and will be expected to talk about their work and art interests during the interview.

The Assessment

Following the submission of their portfolio, at the assessment candidates must be prepared to:

  • produce a test piece of mixed-media work on paper, based on the observation of a chosen subject – very often a themed still life. 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.
  • attend an interview with the Head of Art during the assessment half day. This will give the candidates an opportunity to talk about their portfolio work, developing interests and any artists or designers that they admire.

For further information and an application form, please contact the Admissions Officer on 01235 849041 or email beverley.buckle@abingdon.org.uk.