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Art and Design A Level at St Angela's Ursuline School

Course description

This two year A Level Art course will appeal to versatile and imaginative students who wish to develop their creativity, ideas and skills for use in a variety of contexts. Students work in a wide range of media to develop their technical skills as they explore topics, demonstrating independence and the ability to take creative risks. Through Art & Design activities you will learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic & practical decisions. You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of contemporary, historical and cultural Art, Craft and Design.

Entry requirements

Students should have at least GCSE grade B in Art and Design or equivalent and possess a portfolio of artwork which demonstrates the exploration of personal ideas and a good level of technical ability. You should be committed to the subject and possess the self-motivation to develop your skills and express ideas whilst working through assignments. You must be able to sustain focus throughout an investigation and engage fully with visits to galleries and museums. You should expect to participate in work-shops and drawing trips during the two year course. Most of all, you should be willing to experiment and take risks in your work in order to develop your imagination and creativity


Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)

This component incorporates two linked elements; Practical work & Personal study. The investigation and development for both elements will be shown through supporting studies.

Students will have opportunities to generate practical work, ideas and research from primary, secondary and contextual sources. They will experiment with different media and processes, and develop and refine their ideas, presenting their outcomes.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This component represents the culmination of the A level course. Students will receive appropriate guidance during the preparatory period, however they are required to demonstrate independence in the development of their ideas, intentions and responses.

Students are also required to submit a personal study. A piece of continuous prose of a minimum of 1000 words.

Future opportunities

Students studying Art at A level may choose to progress to study one of the many art disciplines such as Fine Art, Fashion, Animation or Graphics. An Art & Design course will certainly develop your creativity and enable you to demonstrate your technical abilities but you will also gain a broad range of skills that are highly attractive to all university tutors. For example; Critical awareness and the ability to be reflective, resourcefulness, creative problem-solving, the ability to work independently, decision-making skills, imagination and creativity, visual, oral and written communication, research skills, self-motivation and the ability to productively self-manage your time.

Further information

ART IS CREATIVE: Few careers can claim to be as creative as Art and Design. You will be paid to think creatively at all times.

ART IS CULTURAL: An Art and Design background will enable you to work in a huge variety of career sectors. Working in Art and Design will allow you to have a crucial influence on what people wear, read, sit on, look at and almost everything they buy.

ART IS FUN: If you talk to people working in Art and Design, you’ll find that they all really love their work. Being ‘creative’ and ‘artistic’ is something they have developed a special interest in and now they’re getting paid to do it!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Angela's Ursuline School directly.

Last updated date: 15 March 2017
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