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Art A Level at Cramlington Learning Village

Course description

Art in the Sixth Form is an exciting, creative and practical subject that encourages you to experiment, create and express yourself visually! Students experiment with a diverse range of art techniques and media, from twodimensional approaches to sculpting and building three-dimensional pieces. As students experiment with a range of ideas, processes and techniques they will need to show how they are influenced by the other artists, and to experiment and explore to help develop their own style and ideas for their own artwork.

Course content

Year 12: Unit 1 uses a theme as a starting point. Your aim is to produce a portfolio of work that shows your skills, your ability to be inspired and influenced by others and your creativity. Unit 2 (an exam project) follows the same pattern, but you are expected to be more independent with your ideas. You need to choose your own theme from the options given within the exam paper.

Year 13: Unit 3 uses a theme as a starting point. You may experiment with same processes and techniques as in year 12, or choose to explore new methods. You will produce an essay that allows you to reflect on your work. Unit 4 (an exam project) follows the same process, but without the written element.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects. B in Art is desirable.


Assessment at AS Level:
Component 1: Portfolio - 60% of AS course (no exam)
Component 2: Exam - 40% of AS course (2 day exam)
Assessment at A Level:
Component 1: Personal Investigation - 60% of A-Level
Component 2: Exam - 40% of A-Level (3 day exam). You will need to be independent and choose your own theme from the options given to you. This will culminate in a 15 hour exam to create your final piece.

Future opportunities

If students decide to follow a career path outside of the art route, they will benefit from their improved visual literacy, ability to problem solve and think creatively. Art A Level allows students to attain UCAS points accepted by non-art subjects for university entry.

Our art students who choose to follow a career in the art world may find themselves working within fashion, graphic design, advertising, architecture, photography, illustration, interior design or many other creative industries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cramlington Learning Village directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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