Creative Studios

Queen Alexandra and TyneMet College have joined forces to create one of the most exciting new learning zones – The Creative Studios. Based at Queen Alexandra Campus, The Creative Studios feature state-of-the-art equipment and expert teaching for: Fine Art; Drama & Theatre Studies; Film Studies; Graphic Design; Media; Photography; and Fashion & Textiles. We’ve invested in the latest technology to enhance your learning environment.


Art & Design (Fine Art)

If you have an eye for detail and a passion for all things creative then this is the course for you.

From shading to enhancing and honing technical skills, you will become equipped with advanced artistic qualities across many art formats. Students create a portfolio of art pieces across areas such as drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, land art and printmaking.

You will study key artists as well as developing your individual style and become familiar with explaining the inspiration and motivation behind your work.

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Drama and Theatre Studies

This course is designed for students who enjoy reading and watching plays, and taking part in drama: as a performer, director or designer.

Drama and Theatre Studies helps you to analyse the ways in which different performance and production elements are brought together to create theatre.

The course offers a wide choice of set plays for study and the opportunity to write about live productions as well as developing your skills in practical drama.

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Fashion & Textiles

Set your creative side free with a practical understanding of the Fashion and Textiles industry.

The course will help you to experiment with a broad range of materials and techniques.

You'll use traditional and modern ideas including constructed, knitted, woven, printed and embroidered materials. This course is for students who are keen to develop their visual skills and take risks with their work.

There are visits to galleries, museums, workshops and studios throughout the course. You will work with fabrics, dyes, sewing equipment, heat tools, felting, knitting, printing, batik, felt making and non-traditional techniques. Final pieces can be in the form of a fashion garment, wall hanging, sculpture or a length of fabric/wallpaper and can use one or more of the techniques and media studied.

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Film Studies

If you fancy yourself as a film buff and are interested in the cinema industry then you'll love this course.

You will develop your own thoughts and critical views, as well as working on a creative project with a digital storyboard or an extended step outline as part of your practical assessment.

The course is designed to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of British and American cinema. You'll explore a wide range of films, develop skills of observation, critical analysis and personal reflection.

The British cinema part of the course focuses on how British film represents asylum seekers and immigrants in contemporary society. The key texts are Dirty Pretty Things and Yasmin.

The American Cinema module focuses on genre studies and considers the role of melodrama in American society. The key texts are American Beauty and The Virgin Suicides.

You'll visit a number of university events as well as regular cinema trips.

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Graphic Design

Graphic Design involves the use of images and words to attract, persuade, promote or entertain. So, if you’re interested in music artwork, poster design, street art, logo design and much more, this is the course for you.

You will experiment with a broad range of styles using industry standard software such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

You will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to designing with both traditional and digital methods.

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Media Studies

By studying Media at A Level, you will have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of media production, how it is created and the impact media has within our environment as a whole.

As part of the course you will research the codes and conventions of magazine design and use this research to inform your own production of a magazine including covers and inside spreads.

This Media course will broaden your skills in studio photography, graphic design in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign as well as your journalism skills.

You'll visit Northumbria University and the University of Sunderland on study trips and the Sixth Form College has close links with the Tyneside Cinema.

You will gain analytical skills as you analyse media texts, documentaries, music videos, adverts and many more, gaining an insight into how the text has been put together and how the audience may respond to it.

You will also explore how the media portrays various groups in society and understand more about the influence of the media.

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The A Level in Photography is intended to introduce students to a range of approaches to the subject, both contemporary and traditional.

Students gain experience of the darkroom and black and white film based photography as well as exploring digital technology and digital imaging.

The aim is also to give students experience of the breadth of the subject as it is today so they will look at portraiture, documentary, narrative imagery, found photography, fashion photography, surrealism, experimental and abstract photography and much more.

You will use DSLRs, compact cameras, manual 'film' SLR cameras, studio flash and darkrooms to investigate digital and chemical photography. You will also be introduced to Photoshop and digital imaging.

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