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Art A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Why choose to study A Level Art?
Students choose art for a variety of reasons. Students can gain entry onto highly selective Undergraduate Degree programmes in Art, Architecture, Fashion, Graphic Design, Textiles, Sculpture, Computer Game Design and many other routes. In addition, many students choose to progress to an Art Foundation Course. As a complementary area of study to our other A level subjects, Art presents opportunities to develop lifelong skills in analysis, research, interpretation and creative execution. We welcome your application!

Creativity – We believe that thinking in a creative way is important to everyone, especially today. The world is changing, is less predictable, but is a really exciting one. There are more opportunities out there than ever.

Lose your fear – Creating art exposes you, exposes your ideas to others. This can make you feel apprehensive in regard to how others see your work. So why not learn to stand up and assert yourself? Stand up and assert your idea.

Course content

As well as getting the opportunity to work individually on practical projects, you will learn from direct teaching, peer learning, presentations, trips, reflective reading and writing. All art students are encouraged to experiment and will have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials including ceramics, sculpture, print-making, photography, design, digital media and many others. Recording images and representing the world around you are at the heart of the projects. During your time on the course you will gain a strong understanding of the genres and styles in the history of art which underpin your own work.

You will develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates and evidences your creativity and understanding of art and design skills. You may explore a range of different subjects within a project such as the figure, architecture or natural forms.

Year 12 involves a variety of projects which draw on a range of materials and offer a chance to develop many different styles. All art students build a portfolio of work which will be presented at the end of the academic year.

The second year of the course follows the same format but this time with a personally directed piece of coursework. In this final year the supporting study is also submitted with a 1000 – 3000 word Personal Study as well as several practical outcomes. During the final unit called the “Externally set assignment” the controlled time element for this unit is completed over 15 hours.

Entry requirements

An enjoyment and passion for Art. We are essentially looking for fabulously creative minds and enthusiastic people. This is a creative course encouraging students to develop their 2D and 3D skills as practising artists.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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