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Applied Art & Design AS A2 at Kettering Buccleuch Academy

Course description

The GCE Applied Art and Design course focuses on developing students' artistic knowledge and understanding of fine art. Throughout the course, students will be encouraged to experiment with a range of painting, drawing, sculpting, ICT and mixed media skills. The course aims to encourage students to experiment with a wide variety of materials and tools, using them more freely to find new methods of two-dimensional and three-dimensional mark making. We value the importance of students exploring new methods of art, design and craft and, therefore, students are encouraged to build upon their skills through experimental design work. Facilities include a private studio space, Apple Mac suite and use of the ceramics room within the art area.


There are three units set each year. One is a two-dimensional study which consists of exploring a wide range of drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media and Photoshop methods. The other examines three-dimensional arts and craft. This unit is an exciting opportunity for students to work with a variety of carving and sculpting methods. The final unit is a practical exam whereby students have a preparation period to plan their project before sitting a practical exam. Each unit is accompanied by a sketchbook that details samples and experiments, designs, evaluations and final pieces.

Course content

The course focuses on the world of work prompting students to consider the business side to Art and Design. Throughout the course they will be given the chance to design their own project brief, based on a set theme. They will also be offered the opportunity to work with a client, thus allowing them to experience a more sophisticated and professional approach to Art and Design.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C or above, alternatively proof of working at the

same standard


AS: Two coursework units and one practical exam

A2: Two coursework units and one practical exam

Work is presented in a gallery setting, accompanied by sketchbooks and a portfolio. Work is mainly assessed on technical skills, however the development of critical awareness and self-analysis is also important. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to study the work of other artists and craftspeople using the research to influence their ideas and move their way forward.

Future opportunities

Many students attending the course have continued studying Art and Design at a higher level and have found this experience moves their professional practice forward.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Denise Brandrith

All courses are subject to change. You are advised to contact Kettering Buccleuch Academy directly to check courses are still running.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kettering Buccleuch Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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