Art A Level at New College Pontefract
The Visual Arts department gives students the opportunity to be creative, and develop their independent working skills in an exciting and supportive environment. In Year 12 Art you will develop your skills in a broad range of media such as drawing, painting, printing, 3D as well as developing your creative thinking and allowing you the opportunity to work independently. In Year 13 you will continue to learn new skills whilst your work will be developed through investigating the work of other artists, selecting your own area of interest Emphasis is placed on sketchbooks which will record your ideas, creativity and independent work. Art is based around being highly creative with your work, trying new media and techniques and challenging yourself to come up with original ideas, work independently and produce interesting and personal art work.
Your work will be developed through viewing and investigating the work of other artists and as the course progresses you will be able to select your own area of interest and develop your work in areas that suit you. Emphasis is placed on sketchbooks which will record your ideas, creativity and independent work.
Art is based around being creative and exciting with your work, trying new media and techniques, challenging yourself to come up with original ideas, and working independently to produce interesting and personal art work.
The course begins with a skills-building component which will focus on developing the skills you already have, as well as exposing you to new media and ideas you may not have used before.
We will start with drawing techniques that will lead into painting, colour theory, 3D design and various print techniques. You will also learn about a range of other artistic techniques such as photography, composition, animation, film, and whatever you require to develop your artistic ideas. You will look at a wide range of other artists’ work both traditional and contemporary and use these to inspire and inform your own work. You will then be able to select your own direction to work in, picking ideas and media that interest you.
Level 4 English Language and Level 4 in a creative subject or merit in BTEC (if studied)
There is an externally set assignment in both year 12 and 13 where you will be given a starting point to explore and develop in your own way.
This will conclude with you producing a final piece of work in a timed exam and exhibiting your work at the end of the year 13.
Financial support can be provided to students of families who are on low income to help with extra costs of staying on in education. If you need any further information please visit our website or contact student services.
Creativity and visual communication are essential in many careers both inside the Creative Industries and out. You may go on to study a Foundation Diploma or other higher education course such as Fine Art, Illustration, Design, Graphics, as well as many other options. You will also produce a portfolio of work that will prepare you well for both university interviews and when looking for employment.
What skills do I need?
- A positive, enquiring mind and the willingness to experiment
- Desire to explore and develop your own personal creativity
- The ability to sustain personal lines of enquiry
- The ability to sustain personal lines of research into artists and issues
How will I be taught?
Art is taught using a variety of methods including demonstrations, group work and guided research. However, the majority of the course is based on practical work, allowing you to develop your creative skills and ideas.
There is a written component in form of a personal study within the Y13 course.
As an approximate guideline Year 1 subjects require three to four hours of independent study each; Year 2 subjects four to five hours each and GCSE subjects two hours each.
What materials will I need to purchase?
A sketchbook is required for each unit of work, purchased through college.
Art is for you if: You are creative person who has an interest in art and design and developing your own style and way of working.
Art is not for you if: You don't like to try new things and struggle with coursework subjects.
How to apply
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