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Art, Craft and Design AS/A2 at King David High School

Course description

The A - Level is a two year course where students will have the opportunity to build upon the skills developed during GCSE. ‘Art, Craft and Design’ provides a flexible approach to interpreting their ideas through a number of disciplines including Painting, Drawing, Textiles, Fashion and Installation work. The extended time frame offered within the A-Level course will allow students to develop a much better understanding of themselves as artists and designers, and how they see their work developing in the future, whether this be as a way of enhancing their lives or as a future career path. Some students may wish to follow the A/S route which is a standalone qualification running over one year. As the course progresses staff will guide pupils as to whether this may be a more appropriate option. The uptake of Art and Design at A-Level is consistently good with a high percentage of students going on to Foundation Courses, and as a result of this the department has developed excellent links with local course providers. In recent years more students have moved directly onto degree courses from A-Level, examples of which include fashion/Knitwear at Nottingham Trent University, Architecture at Glasgow University, Footwear Design at Leicester, and Interior Design at both Liverpool and Manchester Metropolitan Universities.

Whichever route students decide upon the initial phase of the course will be focussed on the development of visual language, and in the refinement of practical skills using an appropriate range of materials and processes. This will be delivered through a series of workshops in order that students feel confident in moving out of their comfort zone and experimenting with new media and styles. From this introductory phase they will move on to creating more personalised work. This will lead to a final outcome that will display the processes and experiences that they have gone through and what they have learned.

Entry requirements

GCSE Art and Design is essential - grade B or above


A/S Level- Component 1: Portfolio

Component 2: Externally set assignment

A-Level- Component 1:Personal Investigation

Component 2: Externally set assignment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King David High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

Key information

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