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Art A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

This is a 2 year course which will introduce you to the different aspects of Art & Design through a wide range of disciplines. This course will provide you with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms.

You will also be introduced to various techniques and skills through workshop sessions helping you build an art & design portfolio. You will also be given the opportunity to choose the specialist subject areas in which you want to work e.g. fine art, photography, textiles, graphic communication, 3 dimensional design, as well as the topic of study in order to further refine your portfolio. This course is for anyone who wishes to gain a qualification that will support you to progress in the area of Art & Design.

Course content

Year 12

In Year 12, students will develop their coursework portfolio and refine skills, their use of materials, techniques and processes. They will have the opportunity to study both traditional and contemporary artists and methods of creating.

Year 13

In Year 13, students will complete their coursework portfolio and begin the written component to the course. This will be linked to their artistic practise and relevant to their own personal line of study. Students will begin the externally set assignment on or after 1st February. The emphasis in this project is on the development of original ideas.

Entry requirements

While this specification is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Art & Design or who wish to develop their interest and enjoyment of the range of endorsements and techniques that the subject offers, it is not a requirement. If you have taken an art subject at GCSE it is advisable that you will have achieved a minimum of a Grade C.

You must be able to demonstrate independent qualities so that you can develop your own ideas. An interest and enthusiasm for the subject is a must.


50% Coursework Portfolio, 25% Personal Investigation, 25% Externally Set Assignment

Future opportunities

As well as refining your knowledge and skill in a range of art materials, media, processes and techniques; creative thinking, problem solving and the ability to communicate ideas, human experience and emotion are traits that will allow you to make smooth transition to the next level of study. There is a huge breadth of career opportunities within the creative industries; from Fine Art careers, to Graphic Design, Spatial Design, Digital and Multi-Media, Film, TV, Fashion and Textiles. Many universities will accept Art and Design as an A-level when applying for courses such as Art and Design, History and Communication and Curation, Creative Technology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September