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A Level Art and Design at Lady Margaret School

Course description

Studying Art at Lady Margaret School is an exciting experience. Students are challenged to create innovative and original art work. The department has an outstanding reputation and students consistently achieve very high grades. We have a dedicated team of specialist Art teachers. Sixth Form students benefit from having their own oil painting studio and resource room. We teach Photoshop as part of the course. There is space to offer students the opportunity to create large scale work including screen printing. Students have a show of their work at the end of each year of study.

We are part of the Royal Academy of Arts ‘AttRAct’ Scheme which enables two students each year to work with the Royal Academy on numerous projects. We take students to visit many exhibitions and galleries as part of the course. We offer life drawing classes and encourage students to enter competitions – recent students have had success with their work being exhibited on the Royal Academy of Arts A Level online exhibition and at the Saatchi Gallery

Course content

You will work through a series of challenging themes. You are encouraged to work with increasing independence, pursuing a personal and creative response. Experimentation is essential. The main focus will be on drawing, painting, mixed media, printmaking and some sculpture. Keeping a sketchbook as a visual and written diary is an essential part of the course; recording, research, planning, developing ideas and written and visual responses; evaluation referring to the your own work as well as that of other artists and designers.

Entry requirements

Candidates must have a sense of excitement about the visual world and have a grade B or above at GCSE. Candidates must submit a portfolio if they have not studied Art at GCSE or have not achieved a grade B or above and wish to be considered.


Edexcel 3690
The course comprises of four units
Coursework = 60%
Examination = 40%

AS Level

Unit 1 – 6FA01 – Coursewo rk

Unit 2 – 6FA02 – Examination 8 hrs A2 Level

Unit 3 – 6FA03 – Coursework Unit 4 – 6FA04 – Examination 12 hrs

Future opportunities

You will create a portfolio of art work which will help you to gain a place to study on an Art Foundation course. This gives you experience in numerous disciplines and allows you to study on a specialist degree course. For example: fashion design, illustration, photography etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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