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Art, Craft and Design A level at Friesland School

Course description

Art and Design stimulates your creativity and imagination. It teaches you how to work independently and extends your analytical thinking. You continually have to assess your own progress and justify decisions you make together with the opinions you form. Your approach to problem solving is also developed and you experience working with a broad range of practical techniques and enhance your study skills. Art and Design courses link well

with a wide range of other A Levels, as you can see from the potential career directions. Technology, English, History, RE, Sociology, Psychology, ICT, Business Studies and Media Studies all have strong links with the Art and Design courses.


Course content

In the Art, Craft and Design A level course there are two examined


In Term 1 - You will be taught a wide range of skills and are then encouraged to develop your own strengths culminating in a series of portfolio pieces and personal sketchbooks.

In Term 2 - You create your own personal response to a chosen theme. 

In Term 3/4 -  You will start COMPONENT 1  A Personal Investigation where you choose an idea, issue, concept or theme on which to base your work and then write a supporting study of between 1000-3000 words. This work will continue into Year 13 and is worth 60% of the overall course mark.

In Term 5/6 You will start COMPONENT 2 an externally set assignment, culminating in a 15 hour supervised examination period.  This is worth 40% of the overall course mark.

This course is ideal for students who enjoy various areas of art and design, who would also like the opportunity to develop new skills in a wide range of techniques.

Entry requirements

B in Art at GCSE

Some students have been offered places on the course without this, dependent on an interview with Ms Nash, their other exam grades, commitment and portfolio.

Future opportunities

Students who have taken art at Friesland achieve places on a wide range Art and Design related degree courses, many directly from school without having to first take the Art Foundation course. 

These courses include:

Fine Art, Textiles, Product Design, Spatial

Design, Graphic Design, Fashion

Merchandising, Contour Fashion, Architecture, Car Design, Digital Animation and Illustration.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years