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Art, Craft & Design (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

This is a varied and exciting course where you will be introduced to a range of stimulating experiences and will explore a range of two and three-dimensional media, processes and techniques, in at least two of the areas listed above.

You will experience studio work, off-site location work, study trips and live briefs. You will be issued with exciting project briefs throughout the year, with design based outcomes.

It will give you an understanding of the importance of visual awareness to the quality of our lives, and an appreciation of the historical and contemporary links to other artists’ and designers’ work.

Course content

Included in the unit projects are a wide range of activities:

  • experimental and traditional drawing and painting
  • graphic design
  • print making
  • illustration
  • digital manipulation
  • lens based media and animation
  • packaging design
  • sculptural three-dimensional work
  • textiles
  • photography
  • ceramics
  • visiting practising artists and designers

Entry requirements

You should have a grade C or above in GCSE English, and preferably a grade C in Art, or Graphic Design.

If you have not taken any art subjects at GCSE, you should have a portfolio, or examples of work you have done.  We can then advise you on your suitability for the AS/A Level course.

You should have real enthusiasm for Art and Design, and a high level of commitment is essential.


AS/A Level units are:

AS: Externally Set Task. In the first part of the AS, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists. The set task is given to you in January where you respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. This course only has one unit for assessment at AS

A-Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation. Building on your skills at AS you will produce a final outcome which can be a 3D exhibition model complete with an animated digital poster, an online guide, and a related study, which can take the form of a written essay. (60% of A Level )

A Level Unit 2: Students independently develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations. You can now demonstrate your maturity in responding to a set question. (40% of A Level)

Future opportunities

It can help you to get in to a Foundation Art Course, a degree or Higher National Diploma in Art and Design.  It can also lead you into a range of careers, including graphic design, illustration, fine art, animation, and interior design etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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