Art and Design

What does the course involve?
This course will develop your interest and enjoyment of Art by studying and exploring your own personal practice. You will investigate through recording and experimenting with subject matter, composition, materials, techniques under influences from artist, in order to develop your project to resolving outcomes. The syllabus encourages a broad approach, which allows students to develop a sound grounding in a number of areas exploring their own art practice independently.

How will you learn?
Art is taught by a number of Specialist Art staff from different backgrounds. Eight lessons take place per week with 3 hours of homework allocated. The content of the course is taught through highly independent study of the assessment objectives, where staff facilitate and guide students through their personal development of projects. Sixth form students are able to use the sixth form art studio when it is vacant during their free periods. Students are given topics to choose from with the freedom to work in a variety of different ways, exploring new ideas, and experimenting with new techniques and materials.

What exams and coursework are involved? 
A level students are expected to present for assessment one coursework unit; a ‘Personal Investigation’ which includes a 3000-word personal study of an aspect of historical/critical/contextual studies in Fine Art of the candidate’s own choice and sit a fifteen-hour examination (over 3 days) in the second year.

It is the students' responsibility to select work which will reveal the full extent of their abilities and show evidence of investigation, recording, development of ideas, experimentation of processes, historical and critical influences on their work, as well as resolving outcomes.

What are the entry requirements? 
Grade 6 in Art. It is important that you feel confident in your drawing skill and ability to generate ideas, as well as your capability to work with independence, taking your own initiative to develop a successful project through all stages. Refer to HOD if subject not taken at GCSE.

What could you do after completing the course?
An Art qualification will provide excellent training for visual, creative, ideas and decisions making lead courses and careers. The subject provides a strong basis for progression to Art and Design related qualifications such as the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design or Higher Education courses. Many previous students have gone on to study Fashion, Print, Fine Art, Architecture at top Art schools and Universities including The Ruskin, Central St Martin’s, Falmouth, UCL, Edinburgh, Brighton, Bournemouth. Studying Art could lead to many careers in the Arts industry, for example in Fashion, Illustration, Architecture, Advertising, Film, Animation, Theatre Design and Production.


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