Art 6thFormProspectus2018 01Course Outline

Our Art Department is very successful, with a large percentage of our students progressing on to Art and Design related Foundation and Degree courses. Part of this success is due to our experienced department with staff who have specialisms in fine art, applied processes and illustration techniques including print and new media. Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences to enable them to explore a chosen theme in range of traditional and contemporary processes and techniques. They will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media in varying scales, using sketchbooks and journals to underpin their work. Students will explore relevant sources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and present, incorporating other cultures. Students’ responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions. 

The new two year A Level course in Art & Design allows for more indepth enquiry into a broad range of Fine Art and applied processes. arttripweb[1] edited 2Gallery and location work form an essential part of the course, and students are expected to complete some of this work in their own time. Most importantly, Art at A Level requires a considerable amount of time dedicated to personal development and exploration in addition to timetabled studio time. We would recommend that the full 2 year course will allow for the best results but it is also possible to take Art as an AS subject.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

This is a new two year course and will result in a full GCE at the end of the two years of study. We welcome students with a lively intellect who are keen to develop research techniques, critical and contextual evaluation and technical competence in Art, Craft and Design through thematic enquiry and personal responses.

 Assessments  - AQA qualification

Art A Level 01 Component 1: Personal / Independent Study including a written component (60%)
Component 2: Externally set assignment and 15 hour supevised time (40%)

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Why study Art?

Students who pursue Art at A Level gain an enjoyable creative education which moves on from GCSE at a rapid pace and demands of students a much deeper level of investigation. The course encourages students to develop commitment, perseverance, creativity and expression. As they mature, they become adept at communicating personal ideas through visual means. 

Traditionally, after A Level study students move onto an Art Foundation Diploma which leads in turn to a specialist BA Honours Art Degree. Many students apply directly to their chosen Degree, particularly those applying to Architecture, some also use their Art A-level qualification towards their points scores in applying for other Degree courses. We provide a great deal of guidance and portfolio preparation to students applying to go on to further study, including mock interview situations. The majority of our students are successful in gaining a place at their first choice institution and each year we have 15-20 students moving into university for Art & Design. Last year, places were gained at Oxford Brookes, Cambridge and UCL for Architecture alongside all the major London colleges for Art Foundation. Some students apply out of London, particularly those interested in Interior Design, Textiles and Fine Art.

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