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A Place to Express

Canford has a thriving Art department and the Art School is a place where pupils can react creatively to the world around them. We encourage individuals to find areas of the subject that interest them and to work with confidence and ambition, through a wide range of exciting projects, workshops, lectures, exhibitions and trips.

Pupils and staff are encouraged to produce creative, diverse and personal work that challenges expectations of what can be produced in a school environment. The results are work that is of the highest quality.

Students work within the broad boundary of Art, Craft and Design in media such as painting, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, illustration, mixed media, fashion, film, textiles, photography and installation work. Many will cross over between a number of these disciplines.

The department runs an exciting programme where visiting contemporary artists discuss their work and run practical workshops. These engaging events promote diverse and sophisticated responses.

The studios are open for all pupils well beyond the working day including a majority of weekends. Exhibitions and trips ensure pupils are aware of the subject beyond Canford and a large number choose to continue on to high profile Universities to study fine art, design, history of art and architecture. Study visits take place in term time and during the holidays and include New York, Berlin and Cornwall.

A Level Art

We teach to the Eduqas A Level Art and Design course. The style of the course is felt to be a strong foundation for Art college, with pupils able to produce more ambitious portfolios and work on a larger scale.

Find out more here:

A Level Course Guide



acceptance rate on Art Foundation Courses


Specialists in metal, ceramics, painting and textiles


Exhibition gallery, Sixth Form studio, Photography darkroom


Strong links with Arts University Bournemouth and local community

Canford Art

“The Art department has definitely encouraged me to be a lot more ambitious with my work.”

Canford Pupil Artist