Art & Design A LEVEL

WHY IS THIS SUBJECT IMPORTANT, VALUABLE AND ENGAGING?

This course allows you to experience a broad range of disciplines using our specialist workshops and studios equipped for creative practices, including painting, printmaking, photography, wood, textiles, film, photography and graphics.

WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THIS COURSE?

This course allows you to experience a broad range of disciplines, including:

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • 3D Design
  • Graphics
  • Illustration
  • Fashion
  • Textiles
  • Computer Based Art & Design
  • Film/Video
  • Photography
  • Printmaking

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WHAT KEY SKILLS WILL I DEVELOP?

The programme is delivered through practical studio based activity, together with research into contemporary and historical design practice. There is a focus on the development of analytical drawing skills and transferable skill acquisition. During the second year  students begin to select areas of particular interest and are encouraged to work with increasing independence of mind. The new 3D Design element can include designing and making items using wood, metal, ceramics and plastics.

The programme is supported by cultural & historical lectures, museum visits and study trips. This course will help you to fulfil your creative potential in a friendly and supportive environment, whether you want to go into employment or prepare for study at a higher level.

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Special features

We have extensive specialist art and design facilities. You will have the opportunity to take part in visits to London galleries. You will learn from specialist teachers, many of whom are also practicing creative professionals, and you may also learn from visiting professionals. Final year arts students exhibit their work at our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public.

WHAT COULD THIS COURSE LEAD TO?

The Art and Design A level also prepares students for specialist practical arts courses at degree level such as animation, architecture, design, illustration, fashion, fine art and graphics, and for degrees in other areas such as advertising, marketing, media, theatre and education.

The subject can also help you access arts related Apprenticeships.