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Art & Design A Level at The Downs School

Course description

General Information: The courses are designed to:

 Promote creativity, innovation and effective personal responses.

 Develop an understanding of the relationship of art and design to communication skills.

 Develop imagination, feeling and sensibility

 Provide a solid basis for students wishing to study for one of the many careers related to this subject

Course content

Throughout the one and two year courses students are encouraged to work with a variety of media, i.e. different painting and drawing media, printmaking, three-dimensional construction, textiles and photography.

Students are expected to keep a „busy‟ sketchpad and to be aware of, and visit, as many exhibitions as possible. Critical and historical studies of the work of artists and designers are an important part of both courses.

AS and A Level Art and Design are demanding and time-consuming courses which offer the individual great personal satisfaction and a sense of achievement in developing their own abilities to a high degree of competence.

Entry requirements

*GRADE B or above at GCSE ART ,



Exam set coursework.

Future opportunities

Advanced Level Art & Design is desirable for students wishing to enter an art college or university with a view to studying an art or design related course or subject. The GCE is also accepted by universities as entrance onto other courses.

There are many career possibilities after A Level which may interest the art student –fine art, furniture design, graphic design (film, television, advertising and illustration), jewellery design, fabric/textile design, fashion design, photography, art restoration and conservation, display, industrial design and teaching, to name but a few!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years