Students from Andover College were given a taste of Berlin’s Art and Design and historical culture society during a recent trip to the German capital, renowned for its exceptional variety of attractions, and flourishing cultural scene.
Thirty Art and Design students from across the range of Level 2 to Foundation Design courses, spent four days visiting a variety of Galleries, Museums and Design Centres.- With more than 170 museums there was much to keep the students busy.
The aim of the visit was to expand student knowledge hence the rise of the Nazis was studied during a visit to Topography des Terrors, famous as the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office during the ‘Third Reich.’ The Holocaust Memorial, from a design perspective, has drawn both praise and criticism. Students saw for themselves the 2711 columns which form a vast maze-like, with an underground exhibition room. A guided tour of the Reichstag including the Plenary Chamber, parliament library and the Dome which gave an insight into German government and having gone all the way to Berlin, a visit to the Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were also an absolute must.
Art and Design Lecturer Jack Friskney-Adams explains the importance of such trips: “We are expert at teaching our students how to develop the skills and techniques to either advance to higher levels of study or start to pursue a career in any number of the creative industries. Visits to centres of Art, Design and Culture, in the broadest sense are vital to student development and in the last few years we have also been to Madrid, Paris and Barcelona.”
The trip was also well timed to coincide with the A Level exam paper release as a number of students used the experience to take photographs and draw inspiration from artists for their forthcoming exam work.
Andover College’s Creative Arts Department drew high praise from Ofsted who awarded an Outstanding grade last year. The inspectors noted how students “benefit from the wide ranging sector experience of teachers.”