ISCA is a great opportunity to develop a versatile and independent approach and to learn how to overcome obstacles. For support, there are one-to-one tutorials, where we can discuss projects with our teachers and ask about any matter we are worried about. One of the most enjoyable elements about ISCA is the other students. They have different ideas and attitudes to art itself but altogether they create a special atmosphere. I am so happy that after ISCA I'm going to study BA Fashion: Womenswear at Central Saint Martins.
ISCA encourages you to be independent and tutors guide you to problem solve. Through this approach I have found my creative voice and this has given me the confidence to express myself fully. I can't wait to start at Central Saint Martins studying Fashion Womenswear and believe ISCA prepared me well for my application. I have had the support of CLASP and ISCA study to establish a vision of working. My friends also have been massively supportive - it's a great environment.
ISCA has given me the opportunity to do what I love every day and this opportunity has improved my ability immensely. Through working in a completely creative environment, I've learned many technical skills and gained inspiration that further fuels my passion for animation and games design.
Keng Boon Phng
In my two years at ISCA I surprised myself with some of my creative outcomes, especially my animations. My teachers were very supportive throughout. I am so happy to have a place to study Visual Illustration and Animation at UAL.
At ISCA I have been able to explore my ideas fully and develop my natural instincts as a designer. I've been encouraged to embrace new ideas and experimentations which have greatly benefitted my work. I am really excited to take up my place at Central Saint Martins in Textiles Design.
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.
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.
Li Yuen Yeaw
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!
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! 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.
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.
Kit Yi Sung
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 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.
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.
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.
Farah Fareed Lutfi
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.