Art & Design Summer School

Our Art and Design Course is tailored specifically for artistically minded students. The course gives students the opportunity to explore a range of media, whilst developing their English language skills. Students explore a range of creative projects including art, film, fashion and environmentalism.
 Art & Design at Rochester Independent (13-17)

At A Glance

  • Course Length: 2 Weeks
  • Hours of English Tuition Per Week: 20
  • Class Size: Maximum 12 students
  • Age Range: 13 to 17 years
  • Suitable For English Level: Intermediate (B1) or Above
  • Key Skills Developed: English Language, Marketing, Teamwork, Presentation Skills, Entrepreneurship, Critical Thinking
Art & Design at Rochester College

Key benefits and outcomes

  • Find your artistic voice
  • Inspire your creative mind
  • Gain practical experience in a range of media

Develop your artistic mind and identity by exploring the creative process, forms of expression and design thinking. Explore themes such as mental health, sustainability, the environment and peace through media such as art, sculpture, architecture, film and storytelling.

Rochester student in an art class smiling at tutor
 Art & Design at Rochester Independent

What You’ll Learn

Our course is practical, hands-on and creative from the very start. Through a series of guided tuition, active workshops and independent or collaborative tasks, you will learn the finer details of different forms of art and design before experimenting with each of them to communicate, problem-solve and inspire.

Key sessions include:

  • Get your pencil moving – A creativity blitz introducing ideation techniques
  • What do you see? – Drawing the world around you in your eyes, with your voice
  • Art Therapy – Representing emotions in drawing and communicating feelings
  • Everything we touch in a day – Social insight based on Paola Zuccotti’s powerful book

Time to shine

  • Showcase your creative talents
  • Impact global issues
  • Develop teamworking skills

At the end of each week, students will have the opportunity to showcase their work in a series of presentations and displays across the College campus. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to show off all the new skills and techniques they have learned during the course.

Examples of these projects include:

  • Creative Arts Project – the ultimate freedom of expression. With a topic and a team, you will have a week to create a meaningful and impactful global message through any artistic form of your choice and present it to an audience of your tutors and classmates. With the guidance of your teacher, this project will propel you to discover and shape your voice in art and design in relation to global issues such as the environment, equality, mental health and peace.
  • Film Project – during this project you will construct and express your views on a global issue of your choice through the medium of film. You will have a week in groups to craft both your ideas and your teamworking skills to ideate, storyboard, film, produce and edit a memorable and profound comment on a subject dear to your heart. The grand finale of the week is a full school screening of your films.

School events

  • An immersive creative experience
  • Design and lead artistic social events
  • Innovate and inspire others

In addition to art and design sessions, our programmes also include a range of fun social activities that our art and design students play a key role in developing and leading, putting all their creative skills into practice in a real performative situation.

  • Fashion Show – Plan, promote and host the school Fashion Show! This is an evening event for all students in the school and Art and Design students have the responsibility of bringing it to life by adding real dynamic flair to the evening. This includes creating a theme and tag line for the fashion show, the setup and structure of the event and even the music.
  • Photography Competition – Construct your own personal gallery of work in our Photography Competition inspired by the annual Sony photography awards. These photos can carry a direct message related to a theme of your choice, or can be intentionally open to interpretation, with the objective of inspiring the viewer. All staff and students from the school will attend your galleries and then vote for the best photographs.


As you discover different forms of expression throughout your course you will collect all the work you produce into a formal portfolio, packed with all the prototypes, unfinished drafts (you never know where you will find your next great idea!) and final products you design over the week, forming an impressive and energising collection of your own art.

Sample Timetable

Schedules are given for example purposes and are subject to change.

Art & Design at Rochester Independent

Art & Design takes place at Rochester Independent (Ages 13 – 17). To find out more about our Rochester Independent campus including accommodation, activities, excursions, and prices and dates visit our campus page.

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