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Art A Level at Community School

Course description

This course caters for students with an ability in Art who want to pursue the subject further and possibly into a career. It encourages students to develop skills, creativity, imagination and independence based on personal experience, taught skills and critical understanding. Students show this through their responses to a range of stimuli. The course allows students freedom to experiment and take risks with their work whilst developing their own style and developing a deep understanding of their own work and the work of others.

Course content

You will study
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Mixed Media, IT and the History of Art.

You will learn to
- Develop technical competence and self-expression in:
- Perspective and Proportion
- Colour
- Composition
- Colour and Tonal Contrast
- The Natural Form, Life Study
- Form Analysis
- Surface Decoration

Media will include
Collage; monoprints; photomontage; block and screen printing; watercolour; posters; oil and acrylic painting; oil crayon and oil pastel; ink; charcoal; wax; colour pencil; clay; plaster of Paris; mod roc; wire and metal; papier maché.

You will develop an appreciation of the work of individuals and groups through your studies in the History of Art with a special emphasis on 20th Century developments.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art B grade or above. C grade students will be considered at the discretion of the Art department).


AS Level
For the controlled assignment (100% of the mark) you will be required to sit a 10 hour timed exam bringing conclusions to a body of work previously begun from the starting point set by the board.

A Level
For the personal investigation (60%) students are asked to develop a body of work based on their own work with two outcomes. Firstly, a practical unit consisting of preparation and final piece and secondly, a related written study of 3000-400 words on an aspect of Art and Design that must link to your visual outcomes.

For the controlled assignment (40%) you will be required to sit a 15 hour timed exam bringing to a conclusion a body of work previously begun from starting points set by the board.

Future opportunities

Students can tailor their course to fit their individual needs, choices and aspirations in order to follow their chosen progression route through to Further, Higher Education or the workplace.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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