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Art and Design: Historical Practice (AS/A Level) at New College Swindon

Course description

The course develops a student’s written, visual, and analytical skills through the critical understanding of the basic formal elements of art and architecture. Students will analyse and understand the history behind some famous pieces of art and architecture and then develop this further by responding to the artwork in a variety of practical ways. Students will explore a range of media, processes and techniques including painting, digital animation, 3D interior design, curation, exhibition design and model building. It will give you a deeper understanding of the History of Art and is an excellent course to take on its own, or alongside any of the art subjects here at New College.

Course content

AS/A Level units are:

  • AS: Externally Set Task. In the first part of the AS, you will produce practical responses based on the work of other artists. The set task is given to you in January where you respond to set questions in your preferred art discipline. This course only has one unit for assessment at AS
  • A-Level Unit 1: Personal Investigation. Building on your skills at AS you will produce a final outcome which can be a 3D exhibition model complete with an animated digital poster, an online guide, and a related study, which can take the form of a written essay. (60% of A Level )
  • A Level Unit 2: Students independently develop ideas to set questions through sustained and focused investigations. You can now demonstrate your maturity in responding to a set question. (40% of A Level)

Entry requirements

You should have a grade C or above in GCSE English, and preferably in Art.

If you have not taken any art subjects at GCSE, you should have a portfolio, or examples of work you have done.  We can then advise you on your suitability for the AS/A Level course.

You should have real enthusiasm for Art, and a high level of commitment is essential.

Future opportunities

It can help you to get in to a Foundation Art Course, a Degree or Higher National Diploma in Art and Design.  It can also lead you into a range of careers, including history of art, graphic design, illustration, fine art, animation, and interior design etc. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Swindon directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2016

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