L-R: Kyla Horton, age 17, Sam Jones and Scott Adams from Exotic Zoo, Evaldas Slusnys, age 19.

Students came face to face with snakes, bugs and lizards as their classrooms were transformed into a tropical jungle for the day.

The art & design and photography students got their creative juices flowing when they were visited by Telford’s Exotic Zoo.

Around 85 budding artists and photographers were involved in drawing and capturing images of the creepy critters as part of projects based on a cabinet of curiosities and a children’s book of A-Z.

Lecturer Claire Henderson said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for the students to improve their observational skills and generate primary research by seeing how animals move and what they feel like.

“This first hand creative experience was a great preparation for their project work and forced them to step out of their comfort zone and study something new.”

The college is one of only two in the Midlands to offer the full range of courses accredited by the University of the Arts London Awarding Body. Places are still available on selected courses starting this month. For more information ring 01902 836000 or visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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