Art & Design

What will you do on this course?

During this course, students will develop ideas that demonstrate analytical and  critical  understanding of their work and that of other artists. Through experimenting with a range of media, materials, techniques and processes students extend their skills and subject knowledge. Students will demonstrate an ability to reflect on their work and progress and will produce a portfolio which realises the intentions of the individual.

We have wonderful Art facilities, with spacious and light studios, 3D studios  for  ceramics,  sculpture and mixed media work, specialist facilities for digital media, photography, film making and website design, including a traditional darkroom. Students can experiment in a range of disciplines, or choose to work wholly in one area, such as printmaking or sculpture. The department has three kilns, a glass kiln, several printing presses and a plaster studio.

How will you be assessed?

A Level Art is made up of 60% coursework and 40% exam. Candidates submit one major project which has a personal significance. This investigation includes a related  personal  study that must be between 1000 – 3000 words. For the Externally Set Assignment candidates select one starting point from a question paper, they are given several weeks in which to plan and prepare for the exam. Students are given 15 hours of controlled time to plan and realise ideas into a final outcome. Coursework and exam units are internally assessed and externally moderated.

What could this course lead to?

Art is a highly regarded subject and a good foundation for any number of courses involving artistic creativity and research. Many of our  students progress to the top London colleges such as the University of the Arts and Central St. Martins School of Art.

Further study in Art and its subsidiaries include: Photography, Graphic Design, Fashion, Interior Design, Textiles, Art History, and many more besides, which might lead to a wide range of professions as diverse as architect, designer, illustrator, photographer, director, curator, arts administration, product designer etc.

What syllabus do you follow?

AQA