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Art and Design at The King Edmund School

Course description

Fine Art allows students to develop a range of practical and creative skills. It develops creativity and independent thought whilst allowing students to express themselves visually.

Course content

During the A Level course you will explore a whole range of different media, techniques and processes. You will be encouraged to create personal imaginative work. You must have strong time management skills and be a very self-motivated student. Students can develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms. First hand research is key to becoming a committed Art A Level student. You will be expected to be hands-on with your learning, such as visiting galleries and places of interest at the weekend and stretching your sources of research. You will also be expected to attend life drawing classes and different workshops outside of school hours.


You will be assessed on your portfolio of coursework, and you will undertake a practical exam at the end of the first year. In your second the marks are awarded in the same way, but with a 12 hour exam instead of an 8 hour exam. However half of your personal portfolio will be devised by a detailed written investigation (3,500 words).

Future opportunities

Being creative can open many doors for you and there is a wealth of different university courses to suit your personal interests. Every good company realises that creativity and good design are important factors in generating new business too. Many students go on to further education in art and design, then aim to join the world of advertising as graphic designers, architects, illustrators, typographers or become gallery curators, textile designers and fashion designers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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