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Art & Design AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

A level Art & Design is a course which is both challenging and fulfilling. The creative industries are an important growth area in society today and this course provides the ideal platform for any student wishing to pursue a career in the professions outlined above. It will also appeal to those students who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance in their studies.

Course content


  • Component 1: Portfolio (60% of A/S)
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A/S)


  • Component 1: Personal study (60% of A Level)
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment (40% of A Level)

Skills you will develop: 

Critical Thinking and Analysis
Art students are trained to dig deeper, move beyond the superficial, they are able to process abstract ideas, and examine issues from many different perspectives; they become master problem solvers and decision makers. 

Communication: Much of their learning is based on understanding and conveying complex ideas and diverse points of view and therefore Art students become skilled and articulate in conveying their ideas. 

Knowing how to attain knowledge is as important as having it, and as they are trained in the techniques of information gathering, Art students gain research skills they can apply to any issue or problem. 

Art students study some of the most unique and important products of the human experience - culture, philosophy, literature, to name a few, they specialize in the "big picture" and "out of the box" thinking. Their creativity makes them innovators and independent thinkers with the motivation to develop new solutions to old problems, they view challenges as opportunities for personal and professional growth. 

A Global Perspective
Through their study of diverse cultural and intellectual traditions, they become informed citizens of today's globalized world. 

Interpersonal Abilities
Art students learn to be both self-sufficient thinkers and informed collaborators and are equally skilled at working independently and as part of a team. Their self-reliance, thoroughness, and strong work ethic make them valued coworkers in whatever careers they choose. 

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade C and above in Art

Future opportunities

Architecture, Art Therapy, Medical Illustration, Visual Merchandising, Teaching, Game Design, Web Design, Publishing, Advertising, Animation, Film and T.V, Industrial, Interior, Landscape, Theatre/Set, fashion, Graphic design, to name but a few.

Further information

From an international perspective, the UK’s design sector is the largest in Europe and the second largest in the world. The rapid growth of design roles means that our businesses need an increasing supply of design talent. Using nationally representative samples of over 1,500 firms, our research shows that UK firms are attaching increasing importance to design and its positive impact on business performance. (The Design Council)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barking Abbey School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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