Margarita Manukyan ISCA 2015 Graduate
ISCA helped me to develop my art and design skills during my A-level courses. My artworks became much stronger and I made great progression over the two years of studying there. Moreover, ISCA helped me to become more confident in myself. Confidence is something everyone needs for university studies, or for anything else in life. At ISCA I lived in a community where everyone supported each other and that really helped me to open up. I learned how to communicate my ideas, take criticism and advice from tutors and students, and also how to give constructive criticism to others. These are the skills that I am asked to perform at Central Saint Martins every day and it is much easier for me to do so because I learned all of that at ISCA.
I made some really great friends at ISCA and I loved spending time with them outside of studies. Because ISCA is such a small and tight community the whole school is like a big family. You can meet your friends whenever you want because you live with them and that is what I miss the most about being there, as now it is so much more difficult to meet up with the close friends.
Art education in the UK may be very different to the one in your home country. So when you come to study here you should be ready for that. Nevertheless, I would say that art education in the UK is probably the best in the world today. It makes you very open-minded, it is not restricted so that you can be as creative as you wish. There is a lot of hard work involved in studying art in the UK, in some ways it might be more difficult than many other subjects but at the same time I cannot think of anything more interesting to study. If you work hard and enjoy what you are doing an art education will definitely pay off and you will become a great specialist in your chosen area with the doors open to many prestigious art and design companies.
Annie Sviridova ISCA 2015 Graduate
At ISCA I studied Textiles, Graphic Design, and Critical and Contextual Studies - such a range of very broad, but different subjects has really helped me to develop both as a student and as a designer because all the different skills were applicable across all the disciplines. I really appreciated that I learnt the whole process of coming up with ideas, developing research and completing a final outcome. These skills have helped me in my study of Textiles at Chelsea College of Arts.
ISCA is not only an educational institution, but also a boarding school that teaches teenagers how to become more independent, from learning how to plan your day and take care of yourself, to solving more mundane things like laundry. It was great preparation for adult life. Living in such a creative atmosphere that combines so many different cultures allowed me to make friends that share my interests. For anyone considering studying art in the UK I would say that art is not an easy option, as many people think. It requires a lot of hard work and dedication, but at the same time it is something you will always enjoy.
Li Yuen Yeaw ISCA 2015 Graduate
In the two years I spent at ISCA I achieved a lot. At ISCA, and in the UK, I think there is more focus on primary research, and also wider research in terms of artists for example, than in my home country of Malaysia. I found this very useful and it definitely helped me gain more knowledge in art and design. With the support of my teachers I was able to develop my own ideas and practice for my A-Levels in Fashion and Textiles, and Graphic Communication. ISCA gave me a different perspective about design, but also taught me great time management skills. I feel ISCA prepared me very well for my application and interview at UAL, and now I am really looking forward to starting my degree course in Interior & Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Arts!
Biw Napapa ISCA 2015 Graduate
I wanted to come to ISCA as I was looking to focus on art subjects and prepare for university education in a design subject. I was attracted to the equipment and facilities, and this, along with the teaching from specialist art and design tutors of course, helped me achieve my goals. I am about to start a BA in Textile Design at Chelsea College of Arts! I think the best thing about being at ISCA was that I had the freedom to follow my own art and design interests. It was also great to be in such a creative and nurturing environment, where both my teachers and friends shared my interests. I studied for A-Levels in Textiles and Graphic Communications. I also studied EFL, and having English support helped me write more clearly so I could describe my work well, and also write a good personal statement.
Marissa Streibl ISCA 2013 Graduate
At ISCA I studied A-Level Graphic Design and History and Art both of which have given me all the necessary skills and requirements for the Foundation Plus course at Central Saint Martins. It was also through ISCA that I was interviewed and accepted onto the BA course in Culture, Criticism and Curation at CSM – something which I am really thrilled about. Foundation Plus is a great platform to prepare for my BA course. It has given me the freedom to curate artists and designers who interest me and this has enabled me to draw my own links and connections across various practitioners through written analysis as well as visuals. The Foundation Plus course is a fast-paced course that requires a lot of independence and self-initiation. This has helped me to learn new ways of designing and extracting information from my surrounding environment. Currently I am working on a Personal Project in Foundation Plus which has been a challenge that I love to work with every day. I am exploring the notion of foreign cultures within London – how Londoners are able to adapt to these cultures and what gives identity to a place. My final outcome will consist of a magazine klonopin pill publication. Being in London over the summer has been exceptional and I would encourage every student to relish it to the full. life style vitamins of marissa
Kit Yi Sung ISCA 2013 Graduate
ISCA gave me an excellent foundation for studying at Central Saint Martins. Before I came to ISCA I had only covered art in a technical way, but I quickly learnt that many elements could be incorporated into my work. I was able to develop my work in a more interesting way, and to be honest even this was a challenge as it is hard to produce something creative if you don’t understand what art is. The teachers at ISCA helped me to extend my thoughts and gave me many ideas about possible ways I could express myself. This enabled me to be more independent and I feel it has helped me to make a success of my university course. I am currently in my second year at CSM studying for a BA in Architecture: Spaces and Objects. The course covers architecture on a technical level, but also makes us think about the environment in a deeper sense. As a subject Architecture involves a lot of time and effort, even when making small decisions, but there is a great sense of achievement when work is completed.
Alexandra Bich ISCA 2012 Graduate
I actually chose my BA course while working on a project at ISCA where I made a bag out of paper for my final piece. It made me realise what I want to do, and so here I am currently in my second year at the London College of Fashion studying on the BA (Hons) Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation course. I love working with leather and am able to access so many resources here. At ISCA I learned how to complete projects from the research stage to the final outcome. I also learned how to be independent, and the friends I made there became like a family to me. In the future I will do an internship and then hopefully work in a small company to learn how the industry works. My ultimate goal is to start my own business.
Christina Qin ISCA 2012 Graduate
At ISCA I learned so many useful core skills, as well as how to make a strong portfolio. While I was there I studied for A levels in Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art, Business Studies and History of Art. Doing the CLASP course in my A2 year helped me broaden my vision of art and design and also helped me choose my major. Best of all, I have kept in touch with my ISCA friends and it was good to know others when I started at Central Saint Martins. I am studying for a BA in Textile Design there and enjoy the creative and fun environment. After my BA I plan to apply for an MA in Fashion Knitwear at CSM.
Florence Lam ISCA 2011 Graduate
At ISCA I studied for A-Levels in Textiles, Graphic Design and Business Studies. I feel that studying at ISCA gave me a real idea of how to study at degree level. In Hong Kong, art education focuses on skills, whereas at ISCA I learned how to process my ideas and bring them to life. I also found the intensive Foundation Plus course offered through ISCA at Central Saint Martins was a great opportunity to try many different areas. It combined well with my A level study and meant I had a very smooth progression onto the degree course. This summer I graduated with a BA in Fine Art from CSM. The tutors there were incredibly supportive, the facilities amazing and it was great to work with other talented and motivated students. The course offered the chance to specialise in one of four different pathways, and I chose 3D. Students were also given the chance to exhibit in galleries in London. My work has been shortlisted for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2014, I am about to be exhibited at Somerset House as I recently won the National Open Art competition, and I am honored to be part of Royal Ulster Academy’s 133rd Annual Exhibition. I am also represented by an online gallery called art:i:curate which is relatively active in London and New York. I am also delighted to have been offered employment at ISCA to work as a studio assistant. As an alumna of the school I am indeed honoured to support the next generation of ISCA students preparing for undergraduate studies.In the future I hope to study for a masters in London. Florence Lam Soyue
Farah Fareed Lutfi ISCA 2011 Graduate
I am currently studying Games Cultures at London South Bank University where I am working on my first big game project called Fareed, a biographical game about my father, Fareed Lutfi. I’ve always been family-oriented, and always found my parents and huge family a big inspiration in my artwork. ISCA made me realise just how much I wanted to create interactive art. Game design showed me how to turn art skills into something anyone can immerse themselves in – I learned how to create an experience. I studied at ISCA nearly three years ago. The Fine Art, Graphic Design and English Literature (or story writing) skills I learned there helped me greatly in games design. It was good going into the new course knowing I already had skills in place to help me, despite not knowing much about the technical aspects of designing games. I am currently taking part in a crowd-funded competition called the “Queen of Code”, which aims to help female game designers in the UK. Any kind of help or donation to the crowd funder would be phenomenal and greatly appreciated, even if it is just £1! Doing so helps spread the word about my game to a wider audience, as well as aiding the funding going into development, which makes a better product in the long run. Some people argue games aren’t art, some argue games are art; whatever your opinion, I would be grateful if you could help this game developer and artist out! Farah Fareed Lutfi