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Art GCE A Level at Notre Dame Catholic Sixth Form College

Course description

The emphasis of the course is on developing your own ideas and creativity with constant reference to contemporary art practice and culture. You will be given on-going and constant feedback that will allow you to refine and develop your working practices, allowing you to meet your full creative potential. We will introduce you to a wide range of contextual sources both historical and contemporary.

Course content

You will learn fundamental technical skills and study the work of other artists as a basis to build on your own artistic practice and ideas. The course also supports the development of key life skills such as analytical thinking, creative problem solving, risk taking, lateral thinking, confidence building, communication, time management and organisation.

Fine Art coursework portfolio.

Areas of study – students work in one or more areas.

  • Drawing and painting
  • Mixed media including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Installation
  • Textiles
  • Printmaking
  • Moving image and photography

Personal investigation – Component one

  • Externally moderated
  • Work journal/sketchbook and final piece(s)

Externally set assignment – Component two

  • Externally moderated
  • Work journal/sketchbook and 15 hour exam piece

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or a 2 year BTEC Art and Design Diploma at merit or distinction. If you do not have a GCSE or BTEC in an art related subject, please contact the Notre Dame Art Department about potential enrolment.

Assessment

The course, which is fine art focused, consists largely of practical work and is entirely coursework moderated, with no main exam in the first year. Specialisation occurs in the second year.

All work is externally moderated.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this qualification.

Future opportunities

Students from Notre Dame progress to foundation and degree courses at institutions such as; Leeds College of Art, Manchester University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, York University, and Bradford College of Art. In recent years more students have decided to progress from A level directly onto degree courses in a wide range of disciplines. Subject choices vary but have included; architecture, graphic design, fine art, art history, textiles, fashion marketing and photography.

One in eleven jobs in the UK now falls within the creative economy. One in six of all UK graduate jobs are also creative economy positions. The wider creative economy including non-creative sectors such as manufacturing or health, as well as creative and support jobs within the creative industries themselves, totalled 2.8m jobs in 2015. (Creative Industries 2015: Focus on Employment.)

Further information

This qualification is based on linear assessment with all examinations taking place at the end of the course.

Did you know?

One in eleven jobs in the UK now falls within the creative economy. One in six of all UK graduate jobs are also creative economy positions. The wider creative economy including non-creative sectors such as manufacturing or health, as well as creative and support jobs within the creative industries themselves, totalled 2.8m jobs in 2015. (Creative Industries 2015: Focus on Employment.)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 August 2018
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