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A Level Art and Design at Royal Latin School

Course description

This course offers students a personalised approach to developing specialist skills and a depth of understanding of visual arts. It suits those who have enjoyed the study of Art at GCSE and wish to further their creative skills and understanding of visual communication. It develops a range of practical artistic skills, the ability to work through a process and produce a finished product, and to analyse artists’ work. The creative and lateral thinking skills developed through this course are sought after in many career fields with the qualification being valued by universities. It is essential for those considering degrees and careers Architecture, Digital Graphics, Design, Television and Film and recommended for creative, visual, media, theatrical and conservation careers.

Course content

Year 1: This year develops personal skills in painting, drawing, print, digital photography, digital media, mixed media and three-dimensional work. Students are encouraged to explore new media, developing confidence, creativity, skills and experience. Early workshops lead into personal projects, exploring themes and images in response to direct experience and to other artists’ work. Life drawing and field visits are also a valued part of the course. Students will be required to engage with the work of others through both practical and written analysis.

Year 2: Autumn Term builds on the skills, knowledge and experience from year one to produce an in-depth Personal Investigation, selected and developed according to the strengths and interests of the individual. This includes a related written study. Spring Term is for the final unit, the Externally Set Task. This practical personal project is in response to a choice of starting points set by the exam board, culminating in the final piece being completed in a fifteen hour period at the end of April.

Entry requirements

We will require at least a grade B in GCSE Art or, in exceptional circumstances, a suitable portfolio of work. You will be expected to further your knowledge and appreciation by visiting art galleries and exhibitions in your own time as well as undertaking research as part of the course. Non-RLS students without Art GCSE need to indicate on the application form that they have such a portfolio if needed for inspection.


Personal Investigation- personal practical portfolio with written analysis 60% Externally Set Task - personal practical project 40%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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