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Art and Design A Level at Kineton High School

Course description

The creative sector is rapidly expanding and A Level Art and Design can lead to a career in one of many areas including: fashion, fine art, 3D design, architecture, graphics, animation, jewellery design, museum and gallery conservation, theatre/film design and costume design.

This demanding and exciting A Level course is designed to extend your experiences and build on the skills you have already gained at GCSE Art and Design.

Course content

The course comprises four units, the first two at Advanced Subsidiary (AS level) and the other two at A2 level. The units will consist of the following:

- practical coursework, demonstrating a high level of skill in a variety of media
- practical coursework integrated with written analysis, in response to a theme
- a controlled timed practical piece at the end of both Year 12 and Year 13
- extended essay in Year 13 linked to practical work

Entry requirements

In order to study Fine Art A Level you will need to achieve Grade C or above in GCSE Art.


Assessment is 60% coursework/personal portfolio and 40% externally set assignment.

You will begin by exploring a variety of approaches and media: drawing, printing, painting, collage, montage and photography, working on a variety of scales from sketch book work to A1 and beyond. You will be encouraged to work as widely and experimentally as possible, and so develop your portfolio in a personal way. Observation drawing and painting using many different approaches is an integral part of most projects and is a vital and demanding aspect of the course.

As the course develops you will be encouraged to develop greater depth of study enabling you to recognise and extend your own personal interests and strengths.

You will be able to spend extra time on your work by using the Art Studio, which is exclusively for the use of sixth form students.

We run a number of day trips over the two years to both London, Oxford and more local venues. These involve both research for practical projects, to collect images to inspire you and gallery visits to develop your critical awareness.

We aim to stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts through practical work and art history, and to encourage enthusiasm and experimentation in all aspects of the subject.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 February 2017
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