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Art and Design A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

Your teacher will be able to help you to decide what is best for you. The GCE in Art and Design has been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas.

In particular, the aims of the GCE qualifications in Art and Design are to develop: intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers, investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement, an understanding of the interrelationships between art and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate knowledge and understanding of art and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures.

Course content

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE consists of Units 1 and 2. It may be awarded as a discrete qualification.

Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
Part 1 : Practical Work
- from personal starting points
- Students submit: Supporting studies Personal outcomes

Part 2 : Personal Study
- Students submit a piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)
- Externally set, broad based theme released to teachers on February 1st
- Sustained focus period of 15 hours controlled assessment in which students create final responses to the theme
- Students submit Preparatory studies Personal outcomes

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - C (including a Level 5 in English and Maths) to include a grade C Art – but students looked at on merit/portfolio/experience


The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world and to respond in a personal and creative way.

The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them, you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within one or more of the disciplines within art. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

The specific skills you acquire will be determined to some extent by the area of study you choose - for example graphic design, photography, film, textiles or fine art. However, whether you see yourself as a painter, a fashion designer or a film maker, the same basic rules and skills of art, craft and design apply. 

Future opportunities

Students who wish to undertake further studies in art, craft and design, usually at Art College or further education.

Students who are looking to take up careers for which an art background is relevant. These might include advertising, publishing, architecture, museums, theatre or art gallery work.

Students who have an interest in and aptitude for the subject, but who do not intend to take the subject beyond this level.

There are many careers in art, craft and design. Most of these require further study at an art school, further education college or university. If you are unsure about whether to make a career of the subject, the best thing to do is to speak to your art teacher who will know about the courses on offer in your area or elsewhere.

At present most students wishing to take art, craft and 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.

You may wish to do an A level in Art for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or as part of a range of other subjects. Or you might wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of art, craft and design, or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during this course, These might include careers in such fields as advertising, marketing, design, architecture, publishing and the media. The study of Art can also help you develop transferable skills you can take into any career or job. Success at this level of study requires determination and dedication. However, whichever future path you choose, it can be a very rewarding beginning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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