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Art and Design A level at Wollaston School

Course description

A Level Art & Design will allow students the chance to extend their understanding of a variety of artistic techniques, styles and approaches encouraging them to develop a more independent and thoughtful exploration of the visual world. Opportunities will exist for working beyond the classroom in galleries, museums and other venues, as well as experiencing life drawing to support drawing skills and portfolio composition. The course will enable in depth enquiry into topics and concepts through drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, textile, sculpture, photography and other relevant processes.

Course content

The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop the student’s ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute for the benefit of everyone. The skills students will develop will be varied, including: developing a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art and or Textiles, developing skills to interpret and convey in - depth ideas and feelings using art, craft and design, students will expand their imaginative and creative powers and their experimental, analytical and documenting skills. They will also acquire a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

The ‘AS’ course begins with an open ended theme which explores pattern, decorative design and surface texture. The initial project allows students to explore the formal elements – line, tone, colour, texture, shape, form and pattern - from which students will be then encouraged to develop their own themes leading to a final outcome. The ‘A2’ course theme evolves from work carried out during the ‘AS’ course but is very much chosen by the student reflecting their interest in a specific style, designer, artist or art movement. The exam themes for both the ‘AS’ and the ‘A2’ courses are set by the exam board and require individual and personal creative exploration.



Component 1 Coursework Students will be required to explore the expressive nature of Art and Design 50% Component 2 Externally set exam theme with 12 weeks research and an 8 hour final piece 50%


Practical work A set of practical work on a personal topic and a written critical study of approx. 3000 words 60% Externally set exam theme with 12 weeks of research and a 12 hour final piece 40%

Future opportunities

There are many careers in Art, Textiles, Craft and Design. Most of these require further study at an Art school, further education college or university. At present most students wishing to take Art, Craft or Design further will go on to do a one year ‘Foundation’ course at an Art college, or college of further education, before applying to degree courses in more specialist areas of Art and Design. Career paths might include Interior design, set design, advertising, Textile design, teaching, animation, publishing, photography and many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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