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Art, Craft & Design A Level at East Sussex College

Course description

A broad-based creative course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D process and media associated with any of the following disciplines:Fine Art – drawing, painting, mixed-media, sculpture, installation, printmaking and moving imageGraphic Communication – advertising,packaging design, design for print, illustration, branding and motion graphics.Textile Design – fashion design, textile design, pattern design and constructed textilesThree-Dimensional Design – exhibition design, design for theatre, television or film, interior design, product design, architectural design and jewellery designCritical analysis of art, craft and design history and contemporary practitioners are incorporated into all projects. Written annotation is expected throughout and there is a compulsory requirement for a piece of written communication (essay of 2,000 approx.) as part of the coursework. Assessment: 60% Coursework Projects, 40% Exam Project

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade C/4 and an art related subject grade C/4.


You will be set regular assignments and projects that will create identified assessment points. These will feed into your progress profile which drives the College Report process and compares you to your Target Minimum Grade which is based on your prior achievements at GCSE level. It also enables us to effectively measure your development and make estimated grade predictions.This continuous assessment then directs our guidance and support ensuring that your individual learning programme meets your needs.

Future opportunities

After completing your A Level course you may seek employment or an apprenticeship. Or you may decide to continue in Higher Education.The traditional route within the Visual Arts is to go on to a specialist 2 year Foundation Degree or 3 year Bachelor of Arts Degree, or a 1 year Art Foundation Course.

Further information

As an Art Student you will be encouraged to visit exhibitions locally, we will also organise some trips to London to visit specific exhibitions.
As a Visual Arts student you will be eligible to take part in the International Study trips that we organise each year, recent destinations have included Berlin, Hong Kong, Madrid and Chicago.
As a practical and creative A Level subject we would expect you to undertake about 5 hours of home or studio study per week in addition to your classes.
You will be encouraged to participate in local and national competitions and exhibitions such as the Student Saatchi Award, the Royal Academy Summer Student online Exhibition, the pan-Sussex Farley's Yard Art Award and exhibitions at the Hop Gallery, Lewes, The Depot, Lewes and at Southern Rail stations such as Haywards Heath, Lewes and Eastbourne.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 22 May 2018
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