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Art at Ormiston Bushfield Academy

Course description

“In Science 1 + 1 = 2; in Art it can be 3” ~ Joseph Albers

A Level Art may involve conceptual or political ideas or be purely abstract. There is an emphasis on looking at contemporary fine art practice and responding using a range of different art media such as printmaking, sculpture, painting and drawing, photography, collage and even found objects.

Course content

This course requires you to be creative and develop your own expressive ideas in a range of different ways.

You will learn how to:

  • Use various printmaking techniques including screen printing, lino, drypoint, etching and mono printing.
  • Use different painting techniques
  • Use photoshop digital manipulation
  • Respond to the work of contemporary artists
  • Develop conceptual ideas through use of a range of different art media.

OBA has ideal facilities to help you succeed in A Level Art. We have a well-equipped art room with a printing press and screen printing facilities, a diverse range of different art media and materials, a well-stocked art library and a photographic studio. Students work on Apple Macs with Photoshop and Apple Aperture software, and have access to Nikon SLR digital cameras.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE Art, or presentation of a portfolio of work


The course is based on 60% coursework and 40% exam project, with an eight hour (AS Level) or 12 hour (A Level) practical exam. Art requires you to be independently minded and self-motivated with a good level of art skills. To view an online exhibition of students’ art see:

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study the subject either on a foundation course or straight into degree level. Routes include fine art, photography, architecture, graphic design, illustration, film studies and animation.

Further information

Art offers you an opportunity to work on research and creative idea development. This course complements other creative A Levels such as photography, media, film studies and English, but also has links to history, politics, sociology and psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Bushfield Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years