‚ÄčAn Introduction to A-level Art & Design

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

A-level Art and Design students develop their ability to critically analyse and explore a range of Art and Design themes. Consolidating skills already developed at GCSE, they develop personal responses to a range of starting points, investigating both critical and contextual forms through the use of a wide range of media and techniques. Students can choose a pathway to develop their own artistic ideas; choices include Fine Art, Textiles and Photography. Each pathway makes up a separate A-level, making it possible to study more than one area which will be equivalent to two or three A-level options. Our new Creative Arts Suite includes a designated Sixth Form studio space and dark room.

The course provides students with the chance to see first-hand traditional, modern and contemporary art through trips and workshops which are crucial to the study of the subject and to developing an understanding of processes and techniques. Art complements many other subjects in the Arts, Humanities and Sciences. It also encourages an empathy and understanding of the visual world and encourages students to develop a respect for creativity and innovation.

How is it assessed?

Assessment involves the completion of a portfolio of work which follows a personal investigation, a written critical study and a supervised externally set task.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students require a Grade 6 in GCSE Art and Design.

University or employment prospects?

Following the study of A-level Art and Design, some students may choose to go on to a Foundation Course or to study Art at University. From here, many career paths are available, including work as an art practitioner, in the media, in design, fashion, theatre, architecture, museums or galleries.