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Art & Design - Fine Art at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

The Art and Design course will lead to a better understanding of the visual world and provide opportunities for students to develop their own visual language.

The introduction to the programme begins with observation of the real world: recording, analysis and creation of a visual response to the surroundings. Art makes students look at things anew – even mundane ordinary aspects of the world. There is something magical about smearing pencil and paint across a piece of paper and sculpting form with your hands.

Communicating with colour and shape and form awakens the imagination. Art students often arrive at exam season with a significant portion (if not all) of their Art marks accumulated and accounted for.

For many students – especially those with a heavy exam load in other subjects or those who struggle with exam anxiety – this advantage is significant.

Skills Needed

Passion for drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics essential. Creative ideas and ability to work independently on a theme is required. Desire to extend ideas in own time through a diverse range of experimentation. Keen interest in discovering relevant contemporary artists.


Course content

Year 1

Introduction to the course, visit to inspire ideas, keeping a sketchbook and how to produce more prolonged studies and observations.

Followed by a more extended project in a media of student's choice. External exam consisting of five questions to choose from. The prep time is followed by a 10 hour exam.

Year 2

Component one is the personal investigation.Students develop work based on an idea, issue, concept or a series of outcomes. It must be supported by written work of between 1,000 and 3,000 words. Exam of 15hrs plus prep time.

Entry requirements

A minimum 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths

GCSE grade B in Art


Year 1

The portfolio is 60 % of final mark

Externally set exam is 40%

Year 2

There are two components, a personal investigation, which consists of coursework and is worth 60% of the marks. Component two, is an externally set assignment. Students choose from starting points and produce work during a 15 hour exam. This is 40% of the final mark.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Enrichment opportunties are available in the department, working to support younger students in Art and Design, or helping with technical issues.

Various trips are available to experience Art and Design in Museums and galleries in London, Yorkshire or Liverpool. As well as trips to see degree shows in the local area.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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