working single-handed in large town schools. Above average students
were eligible for a third year, devoted mainly to their special subjects.
Clifford Ellis was a pioneer in the syllabus he devised for Corsham in
1946. The first year’s study of materials and techniques was to be taken
up for the ‘Foundation Course’ as a preliminary to the Diploma in Art and
Design (Dip A.D.) course introduced into art schools in the 1960’s. The
broad range of non-’art’ subjects including literature and music became a
model for 'complementary’ studies for the Dip. A.D.