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Why study Art and Design?

The subject of Art Craft and Design provides opportunities for students to become visually and aesthetically literate.  Students will embark on a broad-based course exploring practical, critical and contextual work through a range of 2D and or 3D processes and media. The course encourages students to work independently and create their visual ideas. You will be able to choose a specialist area of study that suits your individual interest and abilities. 

Course content/Outline:

Year 12

  • Introduction to A Level Skills: drawing, printing (water, acrylic oil)printing, photography, mixed media. Art History and Contemporary Practice.
  • Component 1: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1000-3000 word essay. (60%)
Year 13
  • Component 1 cont.: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1000-3000 word essay. (60%)
  • Component 2: Externally set examination assignment.  10 hours (40%)

As a part of the course, examinations are followed by the Annual Art, Photography and Fashion Exhibition that the students organise for parents and the public to view their work. Visits to art galleries and museums is an integral part of the course. The students regularly visit galleries in London enhancing their knowledge of the art-world helping them to develop their own creativity and style. There is also an annual trip to a European city in February (Paris 2014, Amsterdam 2015) which provides extra opportunities for exhibitions, drawing and photographic inspiration in preparation for the Externally Set Assignment. 

Further Study

There are many possible degree options, these include: Architecture, Art Conservation, Art History, Art Therapy, Fashion Design, Film/Video Production, Fine Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Photography, Production Design, Textile Design, Theatre Design, Three-dimensional Design, Web Design. 

What career opportunities are there?

The career possibilities are very wide and include: Animator, Architect, Art Therapist, Art Restoration, Cartoonist, Computer Game Designer, Community Arts Worker, Exhibition Designer, Fashion Designer, Film/Video Maker, Fine Artist, Furniture Designer,  Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Interior Designer, Jeweller, Museum/gallery Conservator, Medical Illustrator, Printmaker, Product Designer, teacher, Theatre Designer. 

Syllabus: A Level Art and Design

Examination Board: AQA

More information: Miss V Parker