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Art and Design A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

The Art and Design course is an exciting and creative course that ensures the practical skill development of drawing, painting, photography, textiles, sculpture and design. The course provides students with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.


Course content

Course Fundamentals:
- Students gain experience of working with a range of relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources.

- Students explore how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts developing a working vocabulary and specialist terminology.

- Students develop an appreciation of how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts.


This A level consists of 2 components. Component 1 – Personal Portfolio is worth 60% of the overall grade. The Externally Set assignment is worth 40% of the overall grade.

The Personal Portfolio incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study. Personal Portfolio skills are developed starting at the beginning of Year 12 and lead in to the Personal Portfolio project starting in Summer B and continuing to the end of Autumn B of the second year. Students have to work in at least two disciplines. Graphics, sculpture, Textiles, Fine Art are examples of the disciplines students can choose from.

The Externally Set assignment incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and a 15–hour period of sustained focus. The externally set assignment title is released on 1st February culminating in the 15-hour exam (sustained focus) in April.

The students’ work is both internally assessed throughout the year and externally assessed at the end of the year.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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