A Level Art and Design is a two year course which provides candidiates with a range of opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. This experience lays a foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education. It is suitable for you if you want to develop your interest and enjoyment of art and design.
Art and Design encompasses a wide range of techniques and processes with a particular emphasis on drawing. Candidates are required to enrol to one of the following specialisms:
• Fine Art
• Graphic Communication
Both Fine Art and Graphic Communication encompass an initial period of skills based practice and exploration to prepare each candidate for their first major project (Personal Investigation) which is worth 60% of the total A Level mark. The Personal Investigation begins half way through the first year of study and continues up until January of the second year to give each candidate the time needed to create individual, ambitious work with an in-depth exploration of a personal theme. This project is then followed by an Externally Set Assignment worth 40% of the total A Level mark and encompasses a fifteen hour formal exam element.
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Additional entry requirements
GCSE Grade 4/C or above in Art and Design (Fine Art or Graphics) or Graphic Design (Graphics only)
Fine Art: Students pay a £35 studio fee at the start of the first term. This provides a basic personal art kit and general materials for the year. More specialist materials are available at extra cost
Graphics: Students pay a £20 studio fee at the start of the first term. This provides a basic personal art kit and general materials for the year. More specialist materials are available at extra cost
You will be assessed via portfolio work, assignments and examinations.
You can progress to higher education to study a variety of art-related courses such as fine art, graphics, and advertising. The portfolio of practical work produced on this course will also be useful for interviews for employment and further study. Potential career routes include: fine art, graphic design, animation, illustration, and product design, media, marketing and advertising.