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Art and Design at Gateshead College

Course description

We aim to provide a flexible and creative environment for making art both in terms of the atmosphere of the department and the facilities we offer by providing you with access to facilities and teaching across a broad range of media and artistic disciplines, we'll allow you to determine the directions you take, rather than prescribing a set medium or discipline.

Accordingly, we have a good range of facilities for drawing, painting, printmaking and ceramics. Art students may also access the equipment from other A Level departments, such as Photography.

Life-classes are scheduled together with our foundation students and help students develop work direct from observation.

We regularly visit local museums and galleries to allow students to see original art by great artists at first hand.

Perhaps the most significant quality of this course is the high degree of freedom you'll be afforded in terms of your choice of themes and the ways in which you can develop your art.

 

Course content

AS

  • Unit 1 is a 'Coursework Portfolio', which consists of practical-based work and a critical study based on artists or themes in art.
  • Unit 2 is a practically based timed exam.

A2

  • Unit 3 combines practical work with a critical study based on artists or themes in art.
  • Unit 4 is a practically based timed exam.

Perhaps the most significant quality of this course is the high degree of freedom you'll be afforded in terms of your choice of themes and the ways in which you can develop your art.

Class sizes at AS and A Level never go above eight students, so it is easy to devise and monitor individual programmes of study. Our students seem to appreciate this approach and it has brought them considerable exam success.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of four GCSEs A* to C
  • An equivalent Level 2 qualification
  • Diploma Level 2

 

 

Future opportunities

Students frequently go on to take up places on foundation courses at top UK Art schools. In recent years, for instance, students have been offered places at University of Arts, London Colleges such as Plymouth and Leeds Metropolitan. 

We also provide expert advice in portfolio preparation for applications to architecture degree courses.

By no means all of our Art students pursue higher education or careers in Art, and many study the subject at A Level before going on to specialise in other areas.

Our students who have taken A Level Art have progressed on to form careers in advertising and marketing, architecture, product, graphic and fashion design. Students also progress into film, TV, video, radio and photography, IT, software design, publishing, museums, galleries, performing and the visual arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.