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Art, Craft & Design A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Students are introduced to a variety of experiences exploring a range of two- and/or three-dimensional media, processes and techniques. Students explore images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Their responses are shown through practical and critical activities which demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Students will use a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales, using sketchbooks and workbooks to document their progress.


Course content

Students will work in at least two of the following areas:

-Fine Art
-Graphic Communication (including film and video)
-Textile Design
-Three-Dimensional Design
-Photography: lens-based and light-based media
-Skills and Techniques

They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

Fine Art:

Painting; drawing; mixed media; sculpture; land art; installation; printmaking; film; animation; television; video and photography: lens-based and light-based media.

Graphic Communication:

Illustration; advertising; packaging; design for print; communication; multimedia; animation; web design; film; television and video.

Textile Design:

Fashion; printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials; domestic textiles; wallpaper; interior design; constructed textiles and textile installation.

Three-Dimensional Design:

Ceramics; sculpture; jewellery; body ornament; theatre design; exhibition design; design for theatre, television and film; interior design; product design; environmental design; and architectural design.


Lens-based and light-based media: portraiture; landscape photography; still-life photography; documentary photography; photojournalism; experimental imagery; photographic installation; video, television and film.

Students will gain a knowledge and understanding of materials, processes, technologies and resources; how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts; how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts; continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions relevant to their chosen area(s) of study; a working vocabulary and specialist terminology which is relevant to their chosen area(s) of study.

Students will work for unit 1 and unit 2 in their AS year. Students will work for unit 3 and 4 in their A2 year.

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.


AS unit 1:

AS unit 1 is a portfolio of work set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

AS Unit 2:

AS unit 2 is an externally set assignment. It is produced under supervised conditions over 5 hours and will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

A2 Unit 3:

A2 unit 3 is a personal investigation supported by written element of 1000-3000 words, set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

A2 Unit 4:

A2 unit 4 is an externally set assignment. It is produced in timed conditions over 15 hours. Work produced will be marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.

Future opportunities

Many of our students are preparing for a career in art and go on to prestigious art colleges at Higher Education or Foundation course level but many others combine Art with A levels in English Literature, Humanities or even Science. Art courses are not confined to fine art. Students can pursue courses and careers in interior design, product design, fashion design, public art, jewellery making, ceramics, graphic design, textile design, surface design, architecture, photography, advertising and animation. Art A level can provide a gateway into a structured commercial career. The natural progression route is to the one-year Foundation Course in Art and Design, but many students apply and are accepted at leading BA degree courses in London and across the UK.

Further information

Students wishing to study Art subjects may need to produce a portfolio of related work which they are prepared to discuss with the Art Faculty. Art A level requires students to produce a large quantity of work and is usually an unsuitable course for completion within one year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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