‘It’s like being a magician’ – GCSE Photography

Now more than ever photographic manipulation is made easier and more accessible to all, from sophisticated computer programmes such as Photoshop, to Apps on smartphones. However there is still a great deal to learn and a lot to understand in order to ‘get it right’. To produce an image which can amaze, entertain, amuse or bemuse takes preparation and time, and an understanding not just … Continue reading ‘It’s like being a magician’ – GCSE Photography

Photography department end of year show

Summer’s here! The annual RIC Summer Festival takes place tomorrow and a vibrant part of it is the Summer Exhibition featuring work from Visual Arts students: Fine Art, Graphics, Photography, Textiles, and Art & Design. Here is a collection of work from GCSE and A-level Photography students. Work from the other departments to follow… Enjoy!   Continue reading Photography department end of year show

Rut Blees Luxemburg talking to RIC Photography students at the Museum of London

London Calling – RIC students meet photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg

The second-year A Level Photography students paid a fleeting afternoon visit to London to see Rut Blees Luxemburg’s exhibition ‘London Dust’ at the Museum of London. Not only that, but the photographer herself met us there to speak about her work. The students are now more than half-way through their personal projects, so to meet and listen to a professional talk about her practice, methods, and … Continue reading London Calling – RIC students meet photographer Rut Blees Luxemburg

No cameras please!

What is the one thing you need most in order to take photographs? A camera? Incorrect! For the first half of this term, seven weeks in all, both GCSE and AS students have been creating images entirely without the use of a camera. Sophisticated and expensive digital equipment has been rejected in favour of old cardboard boxes and black duct tape. Card, curtains, and light-sensitive … Continue reading No cameras please!

UCAS Design Your Future

Any AS students interested in taking foundation or degree courses in Art & Design should go to the UCAS Design Your Future exhibition. There are representatives from all the universities who can tell you all about their courses AND what you need to do to get on their courses! Some will specify Foundation courses but if you’re portfolio is strong enough it’s more than possible … Continue reading UCAS Design Your Future

The rise of the infographic

AS Graphics students will be investigating the graphic language of infographics for their coursework this term. In our increasingly time challenged world, it seems that the infographic has become king.  Everywhere you look, complex date is being presented in a more visual way. Why? 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual with more than half of our grey matter being dedicated to this … Continue reading The rise of the infographic

Ready for September 2015!

The new academic year is nearly upon us and we’re all ready to start again! We have two new members of staff joining us this year, Joe Becci – ex RIC student and Illustration graduate and Peter Quirke – Graphic Design. Welcome to our fabulous Art Department. I am also back from maternity leave and raring to go! Welcome back all staff and students and … Continue reading Ready for September 2015!

End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

The Rochester Independent College Summer Festival takes place tomorrow, Wednesday 24th June, and a major attraction is the annual Visual Arts Department Exhibition featuring work from Fine Art, Photography, Graphics, and Textiles students at both GCSE and A-level. It has been a good year once again, this time with a greater number of students studying Visual Arts subjects. I hope you agree that the standard … Continue reading End of Year Show 2015 – Photography GCSE and A-Level

RIC student photographs for Kent Life magazine

Last term A-level Photography student Lizzie Bradshaw was commissioned to photograph the Rochester Cathedral Trust reception, featuring the Countess of Wessex amongst its guests. Not only did she rise to the challenge, but Kent Life magazine filled most of its account of the event with her photographs. A great success for all involved, and invaluable practice for Lizzie. There is no better way of learning about photography than first-hand experience. Continue reading RIC student photographs for Kent Life magazine

Golden time: Film and Photography students visit Whitstable

‘In film and photography the golden hour (sometimes known as the magic hour) is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is warmer and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky.’ On Thursday afternoon, November 20th, A-level Film and Photography students took the train to Whitstable for a much-needed change in scenery to use in the development of their coursework … Continue reading Golden time: Film and Photography students visit Whitstable