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Art and Design A Level at Mossbourne Community Academy

Course description

This exciting and creative two-year course will introduce and extend students’ technical skills while encouraging individuality and self-expression. It offers a stimulating course of study both for students wishing to continue with Art as a career and those who understand the importance of developing their imagination, creative problem solving and observational skills as well as confidence in investigative and analytical thinking.

• The course will include instruction in the use of a wide range of media including;

• painting in watercolour, gouache, oil and acrylic,

• drawing for different purposes,

• printmaking - etching, lino and screen printing,

• photography and ICT

• 3 Dimensional media - wire, plaster casting and clay

Observational drawing is central to this course and supported by regular Life Drawing classes with experienced, professional models. Throughout this journey, students will be guided to develop individual styles and approaches, working from titles they have chosen to create a truly personal body of work. Workshops, talks and masterclasses will be integral to the course as well as trips to galleries and museums. Students will be expected to undertake their own independent research visits to enhance the quality of their work and the context and content of their ideas.

Course content

Core elements for each unit of work:
- generating a range of original and exciting ideas
- appropriate research into wide-ranging sources and contexts
- primary recording and analysis of contexts, sensitive exploration of media and processes
- development of ideas, review and refinement
- synthesis of ideas into outcomes connected to appropriate contexts

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE in Art and Design and a portfolio of work

Future opportunities

Universities and employers recognise A Level Art and Design as a rigorous course that fosters an independent approach, develops decision making and thinking skills and enhances oracy and visual literacy. A Level Art and Design enables you to progress directly onto a university BA art course, an Art Foundation Course or a practical apprenticeship. This will lead to a broad range of creative specialisms such as architecture, animation, graphic design, printmaking, sculpture, product design, engineering design, interior design, textiles, fashion, theatre design, transport, graphic, product and environmental design, photography, typography, computer graphics, illustration, art gallery work, curating, conservation of paintings and the history of art.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 December 2017
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Key information

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