A fine line - pursue your passion!

Art was always a great subject at school, the teachers were usually chill and the lessons were actually fun.

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If you have a real thing for Art, and (humble brag) you are actually pretty good at it, then why not consider it in your further education and career path? We hear from Mark Kellet, who is the course manager for A-Level fine art at HSDC college.

What was your journey/training before coming to HSDC?

I gained my degree in Fine Art Painting at Winchester School of Art, then I worked with a builder for three years. Before I started teaching, I spent many years across the College as a teaching assistant before working my way up to the A Level Fine Art Course Manager.

What is the highlight of your role at HSDC?

The paperwork! (sorry bad joke)

There’s quite a few really…seeing the students develop creatively and in confidence throughout the course. Results day is also very special, seeing the students getting the grades they have worked so hard for. Also the people I work with every day – other lecturers and technicians make it such a sound place to work!

What kind of careers have your students gone on to?

My students have taken many different career paths, including freelance illustrators, architecture design, fashion & textile design and teaching.

What kind of opportunities are students offered on your course?
  • Residentials to Europe / New York.
  • Frequent trips to galleries & museums – locally and around London.
  • Talks from internationally known artists and past students who have gone on to successful creative careers.
  • Work experience in local art galleries businesses and shadowing local artists.
  • Visits to a local university’s degree shows and open days.
  • Superb support and guidance from experienced lecturers and practising artists.

What three words would your students use to describe you?

Chilled, fun & passionate