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Art & Design: Fine Art A Level at Helston Community College

Course description

A career in art and design will lead towards a lifetime of experimentation, invention and discovery. If you have a strong feeling for a particular discipline, be it fi ne art, fi lm, fashion or textiles, or know that you long to work with colour, line, form, shape and pattern and that you love to explore and experiment then a career in art and design could be for you.

Course content

Year 1 Three Units of practical work: Core skills are covered through a range of disciplines including drawing, painting, printmaking and three dimensional studies. Themes such as abstraction, identity, structure and landscape are studied whilst making links to contextual sources through artist studies and presentations preparing for :- Year 2 Specialist project exploring a specifi c genre and style which students become very involved with, personalising their progress to their interest areas. Also you will need to complete a progressive journal where you clearly articulate verbally your investigation, demonstrating clear understanding and analysis of your own work. You fi nally take a controlled test that results in a 15 hour fi nal piece that brings all your research and understanding together.

Entry requirements

Students studying this qualifi cation must have a C in both Maths and English and a further 3 GCSEs at a minimum grade C, especially if you are planning to go to higher education. Please see course guidelines for further information. (N.B. Some subjects may require B grades)

Future opportunities

There may be considerably more options open to you than you fi rst think: Skills developed on your course, such as research, negotiation, problem solving and teamwork can put you in direct competition with more traditional graduates giving you an even greater pool of opportunities to consider. It may surprise you to learn, that 40% of graduate opportunities advertised are open to graduates of any discipline!

Even within art design & media, there is still fl exibility. Graphic designers may chose to use their design skills in gardens or interiors, and fi ne artists have been known to become well-established fi lmmakers. It may be that you will choose to practice in several diff erent areas - what is known as a portfolio career. We are not trying to confuse matters here, just encourage you to consider all the options!

There are over 70 art related subjects. They all relate directly to the creative industry. The creative industry is the 2nd largest industry in Britain – and growing! Nearly 20% of jobs in Cornwall are part of the creative industry. You may require an art foundation course to gain entry to degree level.

EXAMPLE CAREERS & COURSES IN ART & DESIGN: Architecture, Fine Art, Graphics, Advertising, Illustration, Fashion, Fashion marketing, Textiles, Education, Television, Product Design, Stage Design, Ceramics, Photography, Film, Admin/Curation, Art Therapy, Art History and Art Restoration, Costume/Theatre Design, Interior Design, Jewellery, Silversmithing, Animation, Games Design.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Helston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2016

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