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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

  • A Level Basic Design: drawing, printing (water, acrylic oil) printing, photography, mixed media. Art History and Contemporary Practice.
  • Component 1: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1000-2000 word essay. (60%)
Year 13
  • Component 1 continued: Personal Investigation and independent portfolio, accompanied with a 1000-3000 word essay. (60%)
  • Component 2: Externally set examination assignment.  15 hours (40%)

As a part of the course students make visits to art galleries and museums are an integral part of the course, as well as run a community arts program for a local primary school. The students regularly visit galleries in London, enhancing their knowledge of the art-world helping them to develop their own creativity and style and in preparation for Personal Investigation and Externally Set Assignment. Their examinations are followed by the annual Art and Photography and Exhibition that the students organise for parents and the public to view their work.  There are also well-established links with the Slade School of Art and Kingston University’s School of Art for portfolio development to assist students interested in Foundation and degree courses and careers in the Arts..

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 and 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