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Art & Design A Level at Darwen Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

Why choose Art & Design?

This academic course presents you with exciting and challenging opportunities to learn much more about what it means to be a creative and imaginative visual artist, and to grow in this way throughout the course. We will help you acquire new skills, broaden your knowledge, and help give you the confidence you need to achieve your full potential in this rich and exciting subject area.

The Art & Design department is a lively and friendly teaching and learning environment, where individual ideas, experimentation and risk-taking - the qualities required at university - are strongly encouraged and nurtured. Whatever your chosen focus of interest - fine art, photography, textiles, printmaking etc - staff will tailor the course to suit your individual requirements. You will be expected to critically review your work as well as that of the other students and also stretch and challenge yourself by practising new techniques and working in new media with a wide range of materials.  Results are some of the very best with most students achieving an A or A*, some of whom joined us with grade C at GCSE.

What will I be doing?
You will develop skills such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination, using a range of approaches, to be able to record images. You will also explore and gain an understanding of conventions and genres such as figurative, abstract and symbolic. Through your sketchbooks and end-of-course exhibition you will demonstrate the development of your understanding and skills over the course of your artistic journey. You will also carry out independent research which you will write up and present in an essay format in Year 13.

What can I study it with?
Being academic in nature the course combines well with most other subjects, but strongly complements Photography, Fashion & Textiles, Art History, Graphics, Product Design and Performing Arts.

Career opportunities
Many previous students who have combined this course with A Level Art History (to at least AS) have progressed straight onto BA programmes in Fine Art, Graphic Design, Photography or other creative subjects and not had to complete the Art Foundation programme. On completion of an appropriate degree you could pursue a career in advertising, graphic design, fashion design, film making, art history, illustration, art therapy, community art, teaching or printworking.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C, including:

Grade C in English Language, Grade C in Mathematics and Grade B in Art.

If you have not studied GCSE Art then you need GCSE grade B in Design & Technology (textiles, graphics or 3D design).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darwen Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 February 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September