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Art and Design AS/A Level at Idsall School

Course description

AS Level (Year 12) is designed to be an experimental and exploratory year that emphasises process over product. Your creative abilities will be tested through experimentation in a range of fine art media (painting, drawing and sculpture) and will incorporate the study of artists of your own choice from different cultures and periods. Producing sketchbooks for personal research and observations are key activities. Observational drawing is a key element to this course.

A Level (Year 13) builds upon the AS experience. You will be expected to produce high quality finished pieces of work based upon structured research and development. So the emphasis is product over process. Group projects will be introduced from which you will be encouraged to develop your own individual work. Now you will be able to specialise in painting and drawing or sculpture. You will also be encouraged to use film, photography, printmaking and ICT.


Art staff will organise the following opportunities (dependent upon demand & funding) - life classes, artists’ workshops, gallery visits (national and international), university visits (degree shows) and the ordering of sketch books and portfolios. Students will be expected to provide a minimum of two A2 size sketchbooks for each year of study.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade B or above is expected in one or both of the following:
Art – GCSE or BTEC in Art and Design
Design and Technology (Textiles) GCSE

Future opportunities

This course is relevant if you are considering a career in one of the aspects of art and design from a professional designer to a museum curator. Many of our students have been placed on degree courses, eg. Landscape Architecture, Graphics & Design, Fine Art, Stained Glass, Interior Design, Product Design, Art History, Photography, Computer Software Design.
Remember, Further and Higher Education courses in Art and Design have a strong vocational tradition, and are extremely successful in placing students in relevant employment.

Further information

If you would like further information on any aspect of A Level Art, then please contact Mr A Baldwin (Head of Art) -

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Idsall School directly.

Last updated date: 29 November 2016

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