Bristol School of Art (RWA Campus) is situated in the right hand wing of the Royal West of England Academy. The building, completed in 1858, offers an impressive façade to the Victoria Rooms in Queens Road, Clifton. A school of Art has existed continuously since this time, offering art education in a range of disciplines.
For many years I used to walk past it – dreaming of being able to study there! Well, my dreams did come true, and I enrolled on a course in enamelling with Matt Benton in September 2007. After dipping my toe in the creative waters, I made the crucial decision to give up my career and study for a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (otherwise known as a foundation course in art) part-time. I completed the course in 2010.
After finishing the foundation course I did what many people have done over the years – I carried on taking courses at Bristol School of Art. I studied Art History with Jo Kear and also did a term’s screen printing. Then things got tricky – Filton College decided not to run many of the courses at Queen’s Road and many people were left without a place to go to learn and share their passion for art and design.
But things are looking up at Queen’s Road! Part-time courses are now being run in a number of areas, including: Life Drawing, Sculpture, Jewellery, Enamelling, Textlies: Cutting, Pattern Construction & Design, Introduction to Photoshop, Ceramics, Exploring 2D & 3D Processes, Screen Print, Art History, Drawing, Painting, General Printmaking, and Contemporary Drawing. The courses usually run for 10 weeks (3 hours per session) and fees are typically £195 for 10 weeks. See the images below for the Course Guide for Autumn 2013.
Queen’s Road still offers the foundation course, but now only full-time. It is a one year course designed to prepare students for Higher Education in Art, Design and Media. This is the primary route to Art and Design related subjects at degree level, and so to a career within the Arts. The Foundation course is diagnostic in nature: it enables each student to explore a wide range of media, processes and concepts.
Finding out about courses at Queen’s Road is not exactly easy, because Bristol School of Art is one of a large number of campuses of what is now known as South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS). The website for SGS is http://www.sgscol.ac.uk/ and you can search for courses at Queen’s Road from here. You may also find it helpful to email the School of Art: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone them on: 0117 973 6259.