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Art & Design AS & A Level at Richard Huish College

Course description

Studying A Level Art for 2 years will allow you to develop an imaginative, creative portfolio of highly-skilled, multi-disciplinary work. With a keen emphasis on drawing from observation and visual communication of ideas, the course will prepare you for your next step towards a wide variety of creative occupations.

This course provides you with the opportunity to develop your skills using a wide range of practice and materials.  With an open mind you will develop powers of observation, experiment with ideas, explore new techniques and use a wide range of media.  We expect you to have developed sufficient understanding and skill at GCSE and, for you, Art is rewarding and enjoyable in its own right.

Creative thinking, problem solving and an ability to meet deadlines are highly regarded skills that you will develop to a high level through the study of Art. You will learn through making, in both 2D and 3D and will also support your practical pieces with study of the work of established artists.

Course content

The course is designed to introduce you to a wide range of materials and techniques, such as printmaking, and encourages you to develop your work in unique directions. Working with visiting artists and regular trips to galleries helps you to make well-informed work at a high standard, setting your portfolio apart from others when you apply for a place at art college or university.

Here are some of the topic areas we cover:

  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Mixed media
  • Installation
  • Printmaking
  • 3D work
  • Fibre arts

Entry requirements

Standard college entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English Language

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We run regular visits to London, Bath and Bristol galleries and museums. There is an annual residential trip to Europe and we offer artist led workshops. We also offer a weekly life drawing class.

Future opportunities

Employers value experience as well as qualifications and look for new recruits who are ‘work ready’. We will offer opportunities to meet employers and build up a portfolio of real-life work working for clients, alongside your college projects.

The next step after Huish could be straight to university, or a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design which will lead you to the degree course of your choice. Alternatively you could choose an apprenticeship or employment.

All employers within the Creative Industries value the key skill of drawing. You will increase your skills more quickly if you practise often so why not join one of our Art Enrichment courses?

Creative thinking, project management and problem- solving skills, are highly regarded by all employers and universities; taking an arts subject increases your employability skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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    • Huish is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre.

      Huish is committed to encouraging you to travel to college by cycle, public transport or car sharing where possible. There is a cycle path to the College taking you to Vivary Park so that you don’t have to walk or cycle with the traffic along South Road. It takes about 15 minutes to walk to college from the bus station but many of the buses students use come directly to the campus.