A-Level Art and Photography students have been taking part in a new progression programme with a prestigious specialist arts university. 2021 saw the launch of the Creative Pathways Programme, a new progression scheme offered by Leeds Arts University in partnership with Notre Dame. The programme is a unique and exclusive opportunity for students to work closely with a prestigious university to develop creative skills that go beyond the scope of their A-Level course. Creative Pathways students also experience valuable opportunities such as meeting industry professionals, taking part in portfolio development workshops and mock interviews.
13 Notre Dame students enrolled on the course in 2021, and now in its second year, 37 Notre Dame students are taking part in the programme which supports them from Lower 6 right the way through to leaving college.
The Creative Pathways students enjoyed a fantastic trip over the half-term break to visit some new exhibitions and meet up with students from other schools and colleges, and staff from Leeds Arts University. Some particular highlights of the trip were the new exhibition of work by Eileen Agar at Leeds Art Gallery and the specialist library at the Henry Moore Institute.
Lower Sixth student, Aldona Zadworna, said “The Creative Pathways trip was a fantastic opportunity to learn about new artists and creative processes outside of the classroom” and Lisa Wu, also in Lower Sixth, describes the programme as “an enjoyable and rewarding way to learn outside of college”