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Art, Craft and Design A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Do you see yourself as a photographer? A fine artist? Perhaps an animator or film producer? Maybe your talents lie in fashion or the creation of jewellery. You may even wish to combine your skills. Fashion photography, animated advertising or theatre design? Whatever your area of interest, this Art, Craft and Design course provides you with the choice. The choice to create your own ideas, develop your thoughts and start to make your journey in a way that inspires you.

Do you like working in 2D or 3D? If you do not know, this course will help you find out. What is most exciting about this course is that you can work in two areas or more if you like. For example, if your strengths lie in painting you could combine this with exhibition design. Printmaking and ceramics allow for endless combinations. The choices are limitless and so naturally this subject lends itself to so many career opportunities. Exploring different styles, genres and traditions stimulate new ways of seeing, experiencing and interpreting the world.

It is no wonder that results in this subject are outstanding. The ability to interpret the world in the way that you see it, to express yourself freely has led to 100% A*- C grades in the last 5 years and even more exceptional, 100% A*- The last year at A2.

Course content

Students are required to work in at least two of the following areas of Art and Design. They may explore overlapping areas and combinations of areas.

Photography: lens-based and light-based media: portraiture; landscape photography; still-life photography; documentary photography; photojournalism; experimental imagery; photographic installation; video, television and film.

Fine Art: painting; drawing; mixed media, sculpture; land art; installation; printmaking; film; animation; television; video and photography: lens-based and light-based media.

Graphic Communication: illustration; advertising; packaging; design for print; communication; multimedia; animation; web design; film; television and video.

Textile Design: fashion; printed and/or dyed fabrics and materials; domestic textiles; wallpaper; interior design; constructed textiles and textile installation.

Three-Dimensional Design: ceramics; sculpture; jewellery; body ornament; theatre design; exhibition design; design for theatre, television and film; interior design; product design; environmental design and architectural design.

As well as this, there will be the opportunity to visit art and photography galleries in London as well as art craft and design centres. Where possible a visit abroad will also be an option. Life drawing courses are also available each year.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A* – C or point equivalent


Unit 1 - Personal Investigation
Students will complete 3 projects taking them up to January of their second year. 1 written Personal Investigation in their second year. 60%

Unit 2 - Examination
Students will do an externally set assignment. There is a preparatory period and 15 hours supervised time for the exam. 40%

Future opportunities

There are many careers available for those who are able to envision, design and create beautiful things. The photographer can enter the world of journalism, fashion portraiture or advertising to name but a few. A fine artist can enter the world of illustration or commercial advertising as well as painting and exhibit. Graphics can lead to brand management or logo design. Fashion and textiles can lead to design or design consultation whilst digital media can lead into the world of television, internet and media production.

The list is endless. What is important is to recognise that Art Craft and Design is a great preparation for any career that requires fine motor skills, presentation skills, and eye for aesthetics and creative thinking

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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