A level Art and Design engages students in both practical and written creative studies. The course content requires individual exploration and development of each student’s:
- Personal ideas through contextual research and analysis
- Ability to record their ideas in a visual way
- Experimentation with appropriate media, materials, technique and processes
- Ability to present a personal and meaningful response
There is a predominant focus on drawing, which will be the basis for building a portfolio of work that is both personal and informed. Opportunities exist for students to take part in residential Art courses and gallery visits. Teachers provide extended skills workshops and one-to-one tuition as part of the course.
Progression from Art and Design A Level can be extremely varied, although a significant number of students progress onto a one-year Art Foundation course. This is an ideal course for those who wish to gain further specialist knowledge and skills in preparation for Art and Design-based university courses. Each year we also have students taking routes into architecture, marketing, advertising and design-based courses such as Graphics and Fashion.
Art and Design complements all A Level courses.
*This includes a 1000-word essay which explains the coursework portfolio as it progresses.
Grade C in GCSE Art and Design, if taken.
Students who have not taken GCSE Art and Design may also apply.
5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics at grades 9-5)
AQA A Level Art and Design (Fine Art)