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Art & Design A Level at Strode College

Course description

This course is suitable for students who wish to develop their practical skills and appreciation of art. You will explore a range of two dimensional media processes and techniques that may include painting, mixed media and printmaking. You will learn a variety of skills, which will be developed as the course progresses, and you will be given the opportunity for more self direction and independence.
Students are advised to take no more than two A Level visual or performance related subjects due to the quantity of coursework, deadlines and exam dates (Art and Design, Graphic Design, Textiles, Photography, Music, Music Technology, Drama and Theatre Studies, Dance).

Course content

We have extensive art and design facilities and you will work in a range of specialist workshops. You may have the opportunity to take part in an art history visit abroad and visits to London galleries. You will learn from specialist teachers, many of whom are also practicing creative professionals, and you may also have opportunities to learn from visiting professionals. Our End of Year Arts Show, which is open to the public, is a highlight of the
year, with final year arts students exhibiting their work around college in professional gallery settings.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A* - C or equivalent, including a grade C or above in one of the GCSE Art subjects (GCSE Design and Technology is not recommended as an entry to this course).
Students will need to present a portfolio of work at interview.


Assessment is by coursework and a controlled test.

Financial information

An art box and drawing board available from the College Shop.

Future opportunities

The higher education sector advises students who wish to pursue Art and Design as a career, to progress to the Art Foundation Pre-Degree Diploma; we offer this at Strode. It
prepares students for specialist practical arts courses at degree level such as animation, architecture, design, illustration, fashion, fine art and graphics.
You can also use the Art and Design A Level to support your progression to degrees in other areas such in advertising, interior design, marketing, media, theatre and care and education. The subject can also help you access Apprenticeships in Arts and Events Management and Reprographics.
A large proportion of our students study the Art Foundation Diploma at Strode College before progressing to university and specialist art schools. Previous students have progressed to
Fine Art degrees at University of the Arts, Kingston University, Falmouth University and the University of Winchester.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2016

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