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Art and Design A'Level at Newstead Wood School

Course description

Examining Board: AQA

Course content

We offer Fine Art as the Art A'level specialism. That is to say a broad variety of media can and will be used throughout the 2 years. This will include such diverse media as clay, textiles, photography and filmmaking, as well as painting and print making. However what is required from the student is that they already have a strong grounding in the basics of Fine Art based on the core use of drawing and observational skills. Without these essential elements the student will be at a disadvantage and will struggle to achieve at a high level.

  • You will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. You will be made aware of both traditional and new media.
  • You will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. You may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin your work where appropriate.
  • You will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and nonEuropean examples. This will be integral to the investigating and making processes. Your responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate your understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
  • You will be aware of the four assessment objectives to be demonstrated in the context of the content and skills presented. You will be aware of the importance of process as well as product.

Subject Specific Skills and Concepts

You will be required to demonstrate skills in all of the following:

  • appreciation of different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination
  • awareness of intended audience or purpose for their chosen area(s) of fine art
  • understanding of the conventions of figurative/representational and abstract/nonrepresentational imagery or genres
  • appreciation of different ways of working, such as, using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling, , casting, constructing, assembling mono printing, lino printing, screen printing ,and photo silkscreen
  • understanding of pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure
  • appreciation of colour, line, tone, texture, shape and form.

Entry requirements

To be accepted onto this course, you need at least an A in GCSE Art. Students will also be required to produce a portfolio of work as part of the entrance requirements. This course cannot be taken without previous GCSE experience.


Assessment Weightings


Component 1 - Portfolio - 60%

Component 2 - 10 Hour Test - 40%


Component 1 - Personal Investigation - 60%

Component 2 - 15 Hour Test - 40%

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as History of Art or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Art and Design, which could lead onto higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior Designer, Artist or fashion designer. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Post A Level Progression

The course will interest those who wish to broaden your knowledge in Art and Design and you preparing to apply to foundation courses in art colleges with careers in mind. It is also valuable for anyone proposing to read arts subjects at university and can provide a broadening experience for science you.

Further information

Highlights and achievements

The majority of students who study A level Art go on to do either Art Foundation and an Arts degree or Architecture. However we do have students who go to do medicine, dentistry and other disciplines.

Ms Pateman (Art Teacher) is currently studying for a doctorate in drawing and its application in medical education and technology. She works with surgeons at teaching hospitals in London and is also the honorary artist at Moorfields Eye hospital. Ms Pateman has many links with Universities in the UK, US, Europe and India within Medical, Dental and Fine Art faculties, and has taken groups of Newstead students to work in the hapTEL department at Kings College, using virtual learning systems which are used by Kings College Dental School to train dentists and dental nurses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newstead Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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