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Art Craft and Design at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

The Course

The A level is to be fully linear with a more synoptic assessment. Synoptic assessment encourages students to combine elements of their learning from different parts of the Art and Design GCE to show their accumulated knowledge and understanding of the subject area.

From first teaching in September 2015, the new A level in Art and Design will be a linear qualification, with all external assessment taking place at the end of the course. AS will become a stand-alone qualification and will no longer contribute towards a full GCE A level qualification.

Artwork produced will demonstrate the use of visual language and creative skills, and will allow students to express their thinking, feelings, observations and ideas.

Students are encouraged to use and develop skills exploring the connections between art, craft and design, gaining knowledge and understanding of the scope and variety of disciplines and approaches.

Work includes practical and critical/contextual work in areas of art and design, such as drawing, painting, sculpture, installation, mixed media, printmaking, digital media and photography amongst others.

Advanced Subsidiary GCE: First assessment 2016.

AS level will be a stand alone qualification for first teaching in 2015, and will no longer contribute to an A level grade. It will be appropriate that the AS level will be co-taught with the first year of the A level. It’s purpose is to develop:

·         Sensitive and assured application of skills.

·         Confident, purposeful recording and research, relevant to and informing intentions.

·         Imaginative ideas generated and explored through comprehensive investigation.

·         Effective reviewing and refining.

·         Creative and exciting realisation.

·         Investigations shape and inform creative intentions.

Format of the AS level:

The personal investigation (Component 1: Art, Craft and Design: 8AD0/01) will account for 50% of the qualification.

The externally set assignment (Component 2: Art, Craft and Design: 8AD0/02) will account for 50% of the qualification and the release date will be 1 January. Students will have 10 hours for the final period of sustained focus.

GCE: First assessment 2017.

GCE will be a stand alone qualification for first teaching in 2015. It’s purpose is to develop:

·         Sophisticated and accomplished application of skills.

·         Perceptive and meaningful recording and research integral to intentions.

·         Ideas are compelling, original and integrated with thoughtful and focused investigation.

·         Accomplished reviewing and refining.

·         Mature and sophisticated realisation.

·         Investigations are wholly integrated with ambitious creative intentions.

Format of the A level:

The personal investigation (Component 1: Personal Investigation: 9ADO/01) will account for 60% of the qualification. This will also include a written personal study of 1000-3000 words.

The externally set assessment (Component 2: 9ADO/02) will account for 40% of the qualification and the release date will be 1 February. Students will have 15 hours for the final period of sustained focus.

Why …

Creative industries turnover more than £36BN a year. They generate £70,000 a minute for the UK economy. They employ 1.5M people. They count for 10.6% of British services export, which is about £1 in every £10 of UK exports. They count for 6% of gross value added.

Art and Design stimulates independent thought, creativity and analytical skills; a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Students learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping their work.

Where next

An artist designed your clothes. An artist designed your shoes. An artist designed the patterns on the clothes you buy. An artist designed this room, this building, your house, this school. An artist designed the cutlery, food packaging, white goods in a kitchen. An artist designed the computer games you play, & web sites you use. An artist had ideas and created, edited, illustrated, photographed for, designed the layout, produced the graphics for the magazines you read. An artist created story boards, directed & designed the costumes, sets, props and located where your favourite film was made. An artist designed your favourite car and your 1st car. An artist creates, has ideas, helps and inspires the unimaginative people in life. An artist can think outside the box – James Dyson, Alexander McQueen, Norman Foster, Christian Audigier - OBEY clothing was founded on the art, design & ideals of Shepard Fairey. It started with a sticker he designed in 1989 while studying at the Rhode Island School of Design and since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art. An artist designed every piece of furniture you have ever seen, or will see. An artist designed the patterns on all the fabrics you have in your house, or will have. An artist designed all the jewellery your family has. An artist will design and make the ring you propose with. An artist designed the interior of that amazing room & that shop. An artist designed Central Park in New York City- Landscape Architecture. Please see the new FROG Art & Design learning platform in September for more detailed information on careers in Art & Design, and course information.

Students have entered a wide variety of courses, such as Fashion Design at St Martins, Furniture Design at Nottingham (sponsorship ‘Benchmark’ /Terence Conran), Architecture at Cardiff/ Liverpool/ Oxford Brooks/ Bath; Graphic Design, Leeds: Illustration at Liverpool, Textiles at Chelsea, Fashion Promotions and Innovations, Kent Institute, and Art and Design Foundation courses.


The course is personalised to accommodate individual student learning; Art Clubs run daily until 7pm, and pottery Clubs are on four times a week to support students even further. The range of opportunities at the school are extensive.

Gallery visits are organised to support and develop students’ critical, constructive and contextual skills. OSH Art and Design is a very successful department in the school. We hold an annual Art Exhibition exhibiting our public examination artwork and have also exhibited locally and nationally.


We have feedback annually from Universities during interview, commenting on the standard and wide range of work individual students have produced on this course. Adobe Photoshop CS is used and digital video editing facilities are available, such as Final Cut Pro. The Art Department also has a suite of Apple Macs. We have an etching press and printmaking facilities, a dark room for photography, a Pottery and Glass room for glass, mosaic work, and ceramics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.