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A Level Art & Design at Ricards Lodge High School

Course description

This course will appeal to students who are imaginative, creative, self-motivated and are skilled in the practical aspects of art and design. In short if you love art this course is for you. Many of the students who take art at A Level also look to the other creative subjects to complement it. For example Photography, Production Arts and Product Design.

You will be encouraged to develop visual and practical skills, experiment with new materials and techniques and produce your own imaginative and personal artworks. Our facilities in the RR6 building allow us to develop your skills in range of Art practices including print making and sculpture, but you will be able to really focus on your strengths 10 and the areas of Art that you most enjoy. You will exhibit your work in the summer show and have the opportunity to put your work forward for national competitions.

Course content

You will learn to think creatively, use a range of 2D and 3D materials and processes and gain a good understanding of painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles, photography, new media and sculpture. You’ll support your practical work with research into an exciting array of visual artists and you’ll develop your visual literacy through analyzing the work of others.

One of the great things about the subject is the freedom it affords you to work on projects that can be tailored around your interests. If you want to learn to paint like the old Masters then you will have that opportunity. If you want to create large scale sculptures or installations that tell a story about your life you can do that too. The options are broad and you will work alongside your tutors to make decisions about the best way for you to work.

Entry requirements

Grade B or higher in GCSE Art and Design/Art and Textiles OR Merits or higher in BTEC Level 2 Art. Applicants for this course will be required to attend with their portfolio of selected work as part of the interview process.


You will develop a range of projects over 2 years and will be assessed on everything you do. Just like at GCSE or BTEC your sketchbooks are extremely valuable and all the development and research work will be assessed alongside your final pieces. During the first year and the first term of the second year you will develop a personal portfolio of work which will be worth up to 60% of your final grade. You will then take an Externally Set Assignment that culminates in a 15hr period of sustained focus under examination conditions. The degree of independence will increase as you progress through the course.

Future opportunities

A Level Art & Design can lead to a foundation course in Art or to further studies at Art College and university. It can also complement academic subjects when applying for a degree course. The creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors for employment in this country and an Art A level can be an excellent step towards work in Advertising, Architecture, Film and Television and much more besides. Art and Design careers include: Fine artist, graphic designer, book illustrator, advertising, architect, photographer, fashion designer, stylist, interior designer, animator, product designer, set designer, textile designer, special effects, jewellery designer, and make-up artist.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ricards Lodge High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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    • The combined 6th form of Ricards Lodge High School and Rutlish School offer students at every academic level access to courses in all curriculum areas including our specialist subjects – Mathematics, Computing, Performing and Visual Arts – ensuring access to University Education and a wide range of vocational careers. As a 6th form student at RR6 you will benefit from our commitment to first class teaching and also to providing a pastoral framework that will support you in becoming an independent achiever. Our Director of Sixth Form will work across both schools to ensure the quality and continuity of support, advice and guidance.

      You will also have access to new, high quality accommodation and resourcing including a learning resources centre,  wi-fi facilities and specialist classroom space.