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Art A Level at The Compton School

Course description

Art is a course that is both enjoyable and rewarding. It’s a chance for you to unlock your creativity and experiment with a range of media, including drawing, painting, digital media and printing. Building on prior skills and knowledge you will develop techniques in a range of artistic styles. You will explore and gain an understanding of the visual world around you and investigate ways to record images and develop your knowledge of genres in art and art history.

The course emphasises the importance of independent learning and selfdirected research, exploration and experimentation.

Art is not only for students who wish to pursue a career in the artistic industry, it will allow you to develop transferrable skills such as problem solving, contextual thinking, analysis and greater visual literacy.

Gallery visits are an integral part of the course and students will be encouraged to visit a galleries in their own time as well as planned visits in school.

Course content

Unit 1: Coursework

Unit 2: Externally set assignment

Unit 3: Coursework Personal Study (1000 – 3000 words)

Unit 4: Externally set assignment

You will keep a journal throughout the course, developing a portfolio of work. This should show individual interpretation of each unit showcasing different techniques and media and your understanding of artworks.

Future opportunities

The course is a valuable starting point for students considering a career within a creative or media based industry and will promote a questioning and sensitive approach contributing towards a balanced programme of study. However some students who follow this course may not intend to pursue such a career and Art is used to provide a broader range of subjects or to compliment more traditionally academic choices. It is worth noting though that many employers increasingly value creative thinking.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Compton School directly.

Last updated date: 18 June 2015
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