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Art (unendorsed) A Level at Queensbury Academy

Course description

The unendorsed route will enable students to explore a range of two-or three dimensional approaches to their studies, either as freestanding or related experiences. Work produced for this qualification will demonstrate the use of formal elements and creative skills, and give visual form to thinking, feeling, observation, design and ideas. Students will show evidence of trying to extend their own and others' ways of seeing the world. Students will use the visual language of the discipline sensitively and thoughtfully to support their intentions.

Course content

In year 12, students will complete a coursework unit initially focusing on the formal elements and use of media and process. This will lead into a thematic project where they can further develop their own ideas towards a personal outcome. As part of the coursework component of the A Level, students will produce an in-depth contextual study, including an extended essay on a chosen area of art. This will underpin much of the content of the second year, as well as helping deepen the students’ artistic identity. An externally set assignment will complete the course. All students will generate original ideas based on a theme, developing and refining work towards a range of personal outcomes.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in Art if studied at GCSE.


All work will be assessed internally and externally moderated. A Level: 60% coursework and 40% externally set assignment (including a 15 hour timed exam and supporting preparation work).

Future opportunities

Art is a fantastic subject to take in Higher Education. Students sometimes go on to do a foundation course before progressing to a full degree course. This is a further opportunity to try a wide range of processes, before deciding on an area of specialism.
Studying Art can lead to a huge range of careers, including fine artist, gallery curator, graphic artist, illustrator, interior designer, advertising and marketing, photography fashion and jewellery design, window dresser, art historian, teacher, architect, art therapist, theatre, costume and set design, model maker, computer graphic name just a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2018
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