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Art & Craft Edexcel A Level at Kingdown School

Course description

The course is an excellent opportunity for students who have a particular aptitude for art, design and craft based work and wish to take these skills to a higher level. The course offers students the opportunity to develop their expertise in a range of mediums and students should be ready to face new challenges and take risks. Students should understand that the course demands extra-curricular input within the department to complete a portfolio. 

Course content

The course will contain the following elements within their coursework and their examinations:

  1. 2D Visual Language
  2. 3D Communication and Meaning
  3. Develop and produce a personal project from a set theme.
  4. Environmental project. 5. Contextual References project 6. Develop and Produce a personal project (externally moderated)

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths (at grades 9-4) plus 3 GCSEs at grades A*-C including an A*- B for Art.

Students who get grade C can apply for an interview with the Art Department to see if the course would be of the right level for them.

Special consideration may be taken into account for a student who is particularly talented in Art and weaker in other subject areas. It is important to have strong observational drawing skills. 

Pre-course requirements

  • You will have two set pieces, one objective and one creative.
  • You will have to make a gallery visit and document this in a journal.
  • Background reading is advantageous.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to study art at a higher level would apply for an Art Foundation course or in some cases apply directly for a portfolio based interview.

Careers in advertising, publishing, architecture, furniture, museums, theatre, costume, multimedia, film, television and art may follow.

Further information

Special Activities

There are a host of visits to museums and galleries in Paris and London, this research is worth up to 25% of the total marks.

As part of the environmental unit there is valuable field work created directly from the environment.

Students are required to take part in these research trips. Financial assistance can be applied for. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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