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ALevel Art and Design at King Edward VI Aston School

Course description


Art and Design is taught in the art suite situated in Douglas House.

Art and Design is both a form of communication and a means of expression of ideas and feelings.  It is a language which complements those of literary, mathematical, scientific and factual based subjects, and is especially concerned with the development of those complex mental processes involved in visual perception and aesthetic experience.  Art and Design encourages imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, and processes of observation, analytical abilities and practical attitudes.

In Art and Design students learn to look and understand what they see, and express it in such media as paint, pencil, clay, papier mache and photography.  Students are encouraged to develop a personal response to work whilst building a wide range of skills in both two and three dimensions.

Work is generally project-based and may involve visits out of school and visiting artists within school. Emphasis is placed on looking at and understanding the world around them together with trying to develop a personal response to their environment.

Art and Design is very important for developing a balanced education for all students, but for those students wishing to make a career in Art, visits to universities to view their facilities and visits by practising Artists/Designers talking about their work, will help students to make informed decisions about future studies and their career.

Course content


Students develop greater investigative skills and are expected to stimulate, encourage and develop the ability to:

  • Perceive, understand and express concepts and feelings
  • Record from direct observation and personal experience
  • Communicate by using appropriate materials and techniques
  • Use experimentation, innovation, intuition and imagination
  • Criticise and analyse facilities and then be able to identify, research and evaluate problems in a systematic way

The course also aims to provide: - confidence, initiative, a sense of adventure and achievement; the acquisition of a relevant working vocabulary and an awareness and appreciation of Art and Design, and the individual, within cultural contexts.


Students are provided with a detailed outline of the course in Year 12.  This framework is intended to carefully develop personal skills and indicate clearly the level of commitment expected at A Level.  In both Year 12 and Year 13, students can design their own units of study in consultation with the course teachers allowing students to develop their individuality.

Contextual studies are integrated into each unit of work.

Over the two years students will complete 2 Units, with the externally set assignment (component 2) beginning February of Year 13 and including a 15hrs exam.  This gives students the opportunity to really show what they are capable of producing after two intensive years developing their skills and knowledge of the subject.

Future opportunities

To prepare them for a graduate Art/Architecture course with help preparing a portfolio of work.

Medical illustrator

Medical Photographer



Designer - fashion, set, graphic

Furniture Design


Further information

Visits to galleries are an integral part of the course.  Students are expected to be able to work from first hand knowledge of collections in galleries, as well as researching from secondary sources.  In particular, this is important for Unit 3, their personal study. 


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2015
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