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Art and Design A Level at Hendon School

Course description

AS and A2 Art and Design is a fascinating and rewarding experience.  It encourages personal development, dedication, hard work and preparedness to explore new ideas and media.  Students need to be independent creative thinkers, who have good time management skills, organised and receptive to new ideas. Students who are considering AS and A2 Art and Design will be expected to work during lunchtime and afterschool studio sessions.

Course content

Course Outline: AS Art and Design starts with an intensive drawing workshop. This is to hone in and develop students drawing styles, and give them a strong foundation to build on. The first unit is a set theme, which enables students to use this as a starting point to develop their ideas. Students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and media, whilst responding to different artists and designers. The second unit is the externally set exam. Students are to respond to the exam paper in their chosen medium and media, with specific links to their chosen artists. 

A2 Art and Design starts with students exploring a theme of their own choice. The theme is supported by independent research of selected artists and designers, with work both in and out of their sketchbook.

AS and A2 art students regularly visit galleries and exhibitions in London. We encourage students to maximise their exposure to contemporary art in London by regularly visiting galleries, exhibitions and events. Hendon School, has established close links with Middlesex University, and has had students work as part of enrichment activities.


Assessment Details: 60% Coursework, 40% Exam

Written Examinations: None

Practical Examinations AS: 8 hour practical exam, A2 12 hour practical exam. Worth 40% of overall mark

Coursework (Unit titles, duration, % weighting, and submission dates): Unit 1 Coursework, 60% of overall mark and Completed end of January

Future opportunities

The creative sector is one of the fastest growing industries in the UK. It currently accounts for 6% of the UK’s GDP, with further growth predicted for the next decade. The creative industry and has proven to expand despite recent economic crisis.  Studying Art and Design at AS and A2 level provides students with a fantastic platform for a Foundation Art Course, followed by BA in Art, Design or Art History.  The career prospects are varied: Digital Editor, Graphic Designer, Curator, Education, Product Designer, Fashion Designer, Brand Designer, Art Historian, Animator, Architect, Visual Merchandiser, Landscape Gardener, Games Designer, Advertising, Set Designer, Web Designer, Illustrator, Furniture Designer, Art Therapist, Jewellery Designer, Ceramicist Textile Designer.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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