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Art and Design (Fine Art, Textiles Design, Digital Photography and Ceramic Design and Illustration) AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

The students will cover 2 units of work in one year; each unit of work is 25% of the course. Students will be required to undertake research and complete homework in self-directed time up to 15 hours extra a week. Year 12 and 13 will have externally set practical examinations. The emphasis of these units will be the development of ideas and final pieces with experimentation of techniques. Required: 2 full sketch books, 6-10 preparation pieces and 4-5 final outcomes per unit.

Course content

Students will be able to choose from one of the following under the art umbrella:

Areas of study:

Fine Art: Painting, drawing, mixed media, including collage and assemblage, sculpture, printing, screen processes.

Textiles Design: Fashion, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper, interior and soft furnishing design, constructed textiles.

Ceramics: Glazing, potting, coiling, sculpture and drawing.

The A2 course develops and extends the student’s work, as well as looking at the links between their own and contemporary and historical art works, with one unit focusing on contextual studies.

Students will take part in gallery and exhibition visits, and written analysis of the work of other artists is an integral part of all coursework units for AS and A2 Textiles Design. This is an extensive and demanding course, requiring a lot of personal effort and commitment to your work.

Entry requirements

Normally C in Art or Textiles or Graphic Products or pass Cranford’s drawing test.



Component 1: Portfolio, No time limit (96 marks) 60% of AS

Component 2: Externally set assignment Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time (96 marks) 40% of AS.

A Level:

Component 1: Personal investigation No time limit (96 marks) 60% of A-level

Component 2: Externally set assignment preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time (96 marks) 40% of A-level

Future opportunities

This A level is an essential requirement for most art-based university degrees, such as Constructed Textiles, Surface Decoration, Animation and Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpturing and Ceramics. The many career paths in this area include: Advertising, Fashion, 3D design, Interior Design, Crafts, Film, TV, Visual Arts, Teaching, Set designs and costumes, Ceramist, Sculptural.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranford Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years