At Truro and Penwith College art and design students have access to state-of-the-art facilities and the inspiring atmosphere of the Cornish landscape.
The college’s Tregye Campus, set in 13 acres of countryside, provides a unique setting and is home to the Ginkgo Arts Centre for students studying an ABC Awards Foundation Diploma in Art, Design and Media.
The purpose-built arts centre has specialist studios for students covering a range of specialisms, including graphics, fine art, textiles, photograhpy and 3D design, giving learners a wide range of opportunities to explore. From the print room to the photography suite, it’s no surprise that the college attracts students from across the UK with their idyllic setting and expert facilities.
With their unique set-up in Cornwall, the department encourages its students to take advantage of their location and recent art work has been inspired by the local Eden Project, with students creating large-scale drawings and paintings, 360 degree drawings, as well as making the most of photograph opportunities. Students have also had the opportunity to exhibit their work at the Porthminster Gallery in St Ives following success in local competitions.
The learners at Truro and Penwith college achieve constantly well and produce work of a high calibre. Retention is high, with a pass rate of 100%, and many of the students have gone on to study at prestigious universities, including Wimbledon, London College of Fashion, Bath Spa, Leeds, Falmouth and Bournemouth. The college also has an excellent record for students being awarded scholarships for their outstanding portfolios.
Paula Whitbread-Roberts, Course Leader at the college, said:
“As a foundation team we are very excited by the prospect of being a Showcase Centre for ABC Awards for the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art, Design and Media . We look forward to be able to help and advise potential Centres in their approach to delivering the qualification at their organisations.
“We are lucky at the Treyge Camus to be housed in such an idyllic setting, which gets the students happy and raring to go. We are delighted to be part of such a well-established awarding organisation with ABC Awards and we look forward to another productive year!”
Chris Barker, Lead Moderator for Art, Design and Creative Studies at ABC Awards, reported from the college’s most recent moderation:
“The Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design continues to challenge students, providing much scope for media exploration, ideas development and research into artists and designers. The course is well planned and organised giving students the opportunity to experience a range of skills and equipment through use of the excellent studios, workshops and resources.
“Course satisfaction among students is very high and progression to HE courses in a broad range of disciplines is excellent. The sample selected for moderation shows lively and dynamic sketchbooks containing fully explored media experimentation and highly creative imagery.”
ABC Awards Showcase Centre for Art, Design and Creative Industries.