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Art and Design AS/A Level at New College Durham

Course description

This exciting course places an emphasis on your ability to research, develop and work through a range of ideas in order to find solutions that are sensitive and appropriate to the theme. This will involve exploring other artists’ work as well as making visual and written inquiries.

Course content

At AS Level you will:

  • Explore different techniques, processes and materials in relation to the formal elements and set project themes.

At A2 Level you will:

  • show a better understanding of the formal elements and how they can be used to explore ideas and concepts
  • show more evidence of independence and develop an ability to resolve problems and put work in context

Throughout the course you will use sketch books/work journals and have evidence of visual and written research before showing more resolved pieces.

Entry requirements

To study with us you will need a minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C which must include GCSE Mathematics and GCSE English. You should also achieve a GCSE in Art at grade C or above.

Future opportunities

This A Level, in combination with other subjects, provides you opportuntiy for further study of Art & Design or related subjects in Higher Education.
There are many career opportunities for Art & Design practitioners such as Fine Artist, Fashion/Textile Designer, Graphic Designer, Interior Designer, Art Therapist, Teacher.
Related careers
Artist Artists create artistic works using appropriate techniques, materials and media; design artwork and illustrations; and restore damaged pieces of art.
Actor, entertainer or presenter Actors, entertainers and presenters sing, portray roles in dramatic productions, perform comedy routines, gymnastic feats and tricks of illusion, train animals to perform and perform with them, and introduce and present radio and television programmes.
Arts officer, producer or director Arts officers, producers and directors assume creative, financial and organisational responsibilities in the production and direction of television and radio programmes, films, stage presentations, content for other media, and the promotion and exhibition of other creative activities.
Photographer, audio-visual or broadcasting equipment operator Workers in this unit group operate and assist with still, cine and television cameras and operate other equipment to record, manipulate and project sound and vision for entertainment, cultural, commercial and industrial purposes.
Graphic designer Graphic designers use illustrative, sound, visual and multimedia techniques to convey a message for information, entertainment, advertising, promotion or publicity purposes, and create special visual effects and animations for computer games, film, interactive and other media.
Product, clothing or related designer Product, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New College Durham directly.

Last updated date: 21 April 2016

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