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Creative & Performing Arts
Dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London
Dr Karolina Watras
History of Art, University of Cambridge, Courtauld Institute of Art in London
  • Creative and Performing Arts Department
  • Project-based learning and the critical development of ideas are at the heart of the Creative & Performing Arts curricula.

    Students learn to develop their ideas conceptually through research and exploration of a wide range of media and techniques. Workshops and extended projects with leading art and design practitioners and educators strengthen our students’ artistic independence and introduce them to the latest developments in the field.

    Our A Level curricula in Photography, Fine Art, 3D Design, Music and Drama prepare our students for the most prestigious art, architecture, and design programmes around the world.

We want our students to develop their creativity, expand their artistic horizons and at the same time learn to talk about their works and inspirations in an interesting and critical manner. 

Students thinking of careers in fine art, photography, design, architecture, fashion, music or drama have the opportunity to develop their practice under the guidance of top experts in these fields, many of whom graduated from prestigious artistic universities, such as the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), and are leading practitioners in Poland, including Rygalik Studio, Medusa Group, and instructors from the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts (ASP).

Creative and Performing Arts Department’s offer:

iGCSE (2 years) A Level (2 years)
Music, Art and Design

The qualification:
– encourages process and project-led thinking about art
– students develop strong conceptual skills as well as technical skills
– students work on individual responses to themes and project briefs by developing research and art making paths supported by the teacher

We offer specialised education and individual courses in: 

– Fine Art
– 3D Design
– Photography
– Music
– Drama


Our students have received offers
from the world top Creative and Performing Arts programmes:

  • NYU Tisch School of the Arts
  • Parsons
  • The Guildhall School of Music & Drama
  • The Bartlett School of Architecture
  • The British and Irish Modern Music Institute
  • The Ruskin School of Art (Oxford University)
  • Architecture, University of Cambridge
  • Central Saint Martins
  • Design Academy Eindhoven
  • The Glasgow School of Art
  • University of the Arts London (UAL)

Extra-curricular activities offered:

  • Weekly Art Labs
  • Meetings with experts: artists, designers, photographers, actors and filmmakers (Oscar-winning writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski ‘Cold War’, actor Andrzej Seweryn, film producer Aneta Hickinbotham ‘Corpus Christi’, David Marato ‘Book Lovers’ curator, Camera Nera ‘W absolutnej ciszy’, Borys Lankosz)
  • Practical workshops (architect Jakub Szczęsny, Victor Yañez-Lazcano, Joanna Macha)
  • Trips to exhibitions
  • Cultural trips abroad (London, Amsterdam, Florence, Venice)
I chose music as one of my A Levels

and it turned out to be super enjoyable but at the same time the most complex subject. There are three components of the A Level: theory, composition and performance. Thanks to the most wonderful teachers I was able to further develop my skills and deepen my knowledge, which allowed me to get into The Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Year 13 student

Our school band

  • Akademeia School Band 1
  • Akademeia School Band 2
  • Akademeia School Band 3
  • Akademeia School Band 4
When studying Fine Arts and 3D Design

I had an opportunity to work with and learn from many experienced professionals and practitioners from the respective fields. I was always excited about experimenting with different media and techniques and exploring the conceptual part of the projects I was working on.

Year 13 student

3D Design Workshop

  • 3D Design 1
  • 3D Design 2
  • 3D Design 3
  • 3D Design 4
Drama is a subject that developed me emotionally and physically.

It is not only the art of theatre but also: history, directing and costume. Learning theatre shapes you on stage and in your everyday life.

Year 12 student

Our students' meetings with leading artists

  • Paweł Pawlikowski_Akademeia_1
  • Paweł Pawlikowski_Akademeia_2
  • Andrzej Seweryn_Akademeia_1
  • Andrzej Seweryn_Akademeia_2
  • Jakub Szczęsny
  • Paweł Janicki
  • Paweł Pawlikowski

  • Paweł Pawlikowski

  • Andrzej Seweryn

  • Andrzej Seweryn

  • Jakub Szczęsny

  • Paweł Janicki

Photography A Levels enabled me

to understand the medium both formally and conceptually. After two years of study, I feel much more comfortable with thinking through images, which sparked my interest in graphic design.

Year 13 student

Our Photography classes

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While studying art and design,

the biggest challenge for me to overcome was the lack of confidence in my own ideas. Once I gained this confidence it felt like having a superpower. I became completely comfortable with the process of trial and error, which allowed me to develop deeper and more engaging projects.

Year 13 student

Some of our students’ works

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