Our new Art and Design facilities bring 21st century teaching and learning to the community and students of South Downs College.
The superb new northwest 2 building has been designed to provide specialist areas of provision for both Vocational and A level students.
Graphics suites have been designed each with individual screens and the latest Apple Mac Computers, A3 laser printers allow for high definition printing.
Both graphic suites use software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Illustrator, all on the CS3 platform. These rooms have acoustic ceilings and two walls of windows facing onto Gundymoor Wood, the rooms are cleverly designed making full use green technology allowing for ambient temperatures and a comfortable, calm working environment.
All teaching rooms in the NW2 building have the latest Smartboard technology for 21st century learning. General Art and Design studios have generous proportions and high ceilings, light levels are very good, with the top studios having a large wall of windows facing onto Gundymoor Wood.
Art and Design studios are fitted with Smartboards and Apple Mac Computers for teaching and learning. The specialist printing studio has a range of printing presses including a 160 year old Albion flat bed press, silk screen developing unit and ample storage racks for student work. Students have secure portfolio storage within the building along with dedicated technician support.
Textile design students have two specialist studios fitted with sewing machines, dyeing facilities, knitting machines and heat press. Individual work stations allow students to work on projects without sharing table space plus ample storage units give flexibility to teaching and learning activities. In the main college building, three dimensional design studios give students the opportunity to work in plaster, clay, fused glass, wood, metal, light craftwork and jewellery.
Purpose built kiln firing facilities offer a wide range of pottery and glass firing techniques including earthenware and stoneware, glass fusing and an outdoor Raku and sawdust firing facility.
All studios have Apple Mac computers and digital projectors for 21st teaching and learning.
A dedicated team of technicians support the demands of this very popular area of specialist provision, storage of portfolios and 3D work is available to all students using the 3D studios.
South Downs College has a shop on campus where students can purchase supplies of paper, art materials, memory sticks, sketchbooks and portfolios at competitive prices.