Art & Design Scholarship

Art & Design Scholarship

Art & Design is an important part of school life at Caterham School. We welcome and value applications for Art & Design Scholarships. This is a useful guide for applicants but should further details be required, please contact the Admissions department. 

To apply for an Art & Design Scholarship, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

Art & design Scholarships – guidelines and assessment details

Art & Design Scholarships usually represent up to 10% of the fees but in exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of the Headmaster, can be up to 25%. 

Candidates wishing to be considered for a Scholarship will initially be asked to submit a portfolio of their recent work for assessment (please see published closing date). The Faculty Leader of Visual Arts will review the portfolios and those candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted to attend Caterham for a practical examination and interview.

Portfolio Guidance

Each candidate must provide one portfolio folder, clearly labelled with their name, address and current school. Please do not submit any additional folders of work as these will not be taken into consideration.  Please email [email protected] to submit your on-line portfolio.

The portfolio should be a selection of recent work (which should have been made over the course of the last year). Any 3D, large work, framed work and canvases should be photographed and included in the portfolio folder. Please do not submit any bulky, 3D pieces or framed work or canvases. Work should be simply and clearly presented; it is not necessary to mount work.

Qualities we are looking for, in a range of work, which should demonstrate:

  • Evidence of passion and commitment to visual arts beyond what would be usual in a student of the same year group
  • Strong drawing skills in any media
  • Evidence of independent work undertaken outside of school
  • Work that shows an understanding and knowledge of the work of artists and visits to galleries
  • Work in a variety of media and showing a willingness to experiment
  • Confident use of colour
  • 3D and /or design work
  • Sensitivity/awareness of the subject matter and use of materials

Overall, we are looking for evidence of work of a very high standard which demonstrates skill and ability in Art & Design.

We suggest no more than 15-20 single sided sheets of work are submitted within a portfolio, this also then demonstrates the ability to select high quality work for submission.  On-line portfolios can be submitted as an alternative to a folder. 

Practical Examination

All candidates are given the same conditions and materials. The work should show:

  • Confident and fluent use of materials
  • Careful consideration of composition
  • Sensitivity to the qualities of different items observed
  • Appropriate use of texture, pattern, tone and line
  • An awareness of the nature of observation as a tool for recording and expressing thoughts and feeling

Interview (Candidates will need to bring their portfolio in if this was collected from the School).

The candidate should:

  • Speak with enthusiasm about their work and what they are interested in
  • Be able to use appropriate language to describe their work
  • Discuss visits made to galleries/exhibitions
  • Have a lively open mind with lots of ideas and a willingness to experiment

Above all, candidates should have a real commitment to the visual arts, and an enthusiasm for the subject that will be readily transmitted to others.

In addition to the information you provide us below, you will need to please scan via email or bring in a physical portfolio of work.  Please ensure this is clearly labelled with the pupil’s name and current school. Please do not submit any additional folders of work as these will not be taken into consideration.  The portfolio should be a selection of recent work (over the course of the last year).  Emailed portfolios need to be sent to [email protected].

Please note that once you have submitted the scholarship form, an acknowledgement will appear on the screen and in addition you will receive an acknowledgement email – please can we ask that you check your spam or junk folder should this not appear in your inbox.  Thank you.

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