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Art Craft and Design (unendorsed) A level ** FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

The Art Department is a vibrant place where students can create a diverse range of artwork.  We encourage experimentation and have a wide variety of expertise and equipment on offer to enable students to do this.  We aim to create work that is current and meaningful.  To do this we teach students many skills and we make frequent visits to galleries and museums.

In Art Craft and Design (unendorsed), candidates have the freedom to work across a wide range of disciplines within the field of art and design.  This gives them the opportunity to discover their strengths and develop their visual skills in areas such as drawing, painting, filmmaking, photography, textiles and print.  They may want to use mixed media and develop their work using materials most suited to their ideas.

Course content

At the beginning of the year, AS level students are given a theme as a starting point.  This is the basis of their first project.  Through workshops, discussions and gallery visits they can develop their ideas to create one or more finished pieces of artwork.  During the year students will learn a range of skills from painting techniques to using Photoshop, there are life drawing classes available and also visits from practicing artists and lecturers, which are invaluable.  In the summer term they will complete an 8 hour timed examination based on a theme given to them by the examination board, they will have 8 weeks to prepare for this.

At the beginning of the year A2 students are given the opportunity to develop a theme of their own choice.  Alongside the artwork that they produce, they will write a 1000-3000 word essay.  The themes for the practical and written work are linked; therefore one generates ideas for the other.  During the year students will be encouraged to discuss their work in more depth, visit galleries, degree shows and will be visited by practicing artists and lecturers.  They will also be shown how to organise their portfolio, all of these activities will prepare them for interviews and university studies.  In their practical work they will be encouraged to take greater risks and really extend their skills.  During the summer term they will complete a 12 hour timed examination based on a theme given to them by the examination board, they will have 8 weeks to prepare for this.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to follow the Art unendorsed option will need to have gained a minimum C grade at GCSE, or be able to show a comparable standard of work in the form of a portfolio.

The course is totally dependent on the completion of course work and, due to the nature of the processes involved, this is often very time consuming and requires both care and forethought.  Students must therefore have high levels of commitment and genuine enthusiasm for their chosen option.  It is imperative that students are able to work to deadlines.


Candidates are expected to demonstrate a response to all the assessment objectives in each unit of work.

A01 Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

A02 Experiment with and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops.

A03 Record in visual and/or other forms ideas, observations, and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress.

A04 Present a personal, informed and meaningful response demonstrating critical understanding, realising intentions, and where appropriate, making connections between visual, oral or other elements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September