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Art, Craft and Design and Fine Art AS/A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

Do you like exploring materials and experimenting with media?

Do you aspire to create something new and unique?

Do you want to develop your visual language skills and understanding of art and its many disciplines?

Do you want to make something new?

If you can answer yes to these questions, art is an ideal subject for you.

Course content

During the course you will learn how to interpret and convey ideas and how to develop your imagination and creativity.

The emphasis of the portfolio is the development of understanding and skills using an appropriate range of materials, processes and techniques. You will be introduced to a variety of artistic techniques and explore your own personal interests and methods of working.

At A Level you are expected to demonstrate a greater depth of study and develop a style that is individual to you, thinking about where you want art to take you.

The AS and A Level courses comprise of two components; each of these components allow personal responses and staff will encourage you to work to your individual strengths, but also challenge you to try new techniques and media. Understanding and commenting on the work of other artists and designers is vital and you will be encouraged to participate in gallery visits to enrich your own art practice

Entry requirements

WLA Sixth Form entry requirements and a minimum grade B in art. Students who have not studied an arts subject before will be considered on an individual basis.


Each AS Level and A Level is divided into two components.


  • Component 1: Portfolio is 60% of AS grade.
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment is 40% of AS grade.

A Level

  • Component 1: Personal Investigation is 60% of A Level grade.
  • Component 2: Externally set assignment is 40% of A Level grade. Students are monitored throughout these components to ensure quality, quantity and diversity of work

Future opportunities

We aim to prepare our students for higher education and a career in the arts. It is our purpose to ensure all students have the most striking portfolios, relevant to the course of their choice for interview.

The courses available to students with arts A Levels are endless and include: fine art, architecture, television and film production, interior design, fashion design, photography, costume and theatre set design, make-up and prosthetic make-up and many more. Therefore we adapt the course to meet the needs of the individual, we have talented staff who are trained in many disciplines but who also seek to acquire new skills, this enables us to work to your interests and develop the skills you desire for your future.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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