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Art and Design A Level at Derby College

Course description

This broad-based Art, Craft and Design course will enable learners to explore a range of two-dimensional, three-dimensional or time-based approaches to their studies or to produce work entirely from a single discipline including graphic design, textiles, photography and fine art.

The course provides a very thorough and rewarding study of art and design, including extensive practical and theoretical/historical elements. 

In your chosen subject areas, you will explore specialist processes and techniques such as drawing, digital manipulation, photography, animation, constructing fabrics and surface decoration - all of which will help you to understand the history and development of a specialism.

Course content

The Advanced GCE in Art and Design consists of two components, both teacher assessed and externally moderated.

Learners study a least two separate disciplines in Component 1, with the option to specialise in Component 2 - producing work in one or more disciplines.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language at grade B or above and Maths.  In addition, Graphics learners should have GCSE Art and Design at grade C or above.  A small portfolio of your work will be required at the interview or taster day.  Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a keen interest in art and design and to have good awareness of contemporary trends in the discipline.


Work is continually assessed and you will discuss and evaluate your own work.  

Component 1: Personal Investigation: Internally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated: 60% of the total qualification

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment: Externally set, assessed by the teacher and externally moderated: 40% of the total qualification

Financial information

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject.  This covers the cost of essential course materials and resources.  However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials.  You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

Future opportunities

Following successful completion of this Advanced Level course, it is expected that learners will have achieved the in-depth knowledge, understanding and skills in art and design that will aid their progression to foundation and degree-related study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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