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Art and Design Advanced Specialist Qualification at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Art and Design?
An Advanced Specialist Qualification in Art and Design is a two year full time vocational course equivalent to three A Levels. You will be guided through a range of art techniques within studio projects where you will develop a range of practical skills using a variety of media. As you progress, you will be able to develop your ideas, analytical skills and communication skills.

Why study an Advanced Specialist Qualification in Art and Design?
It provides an exciting alternative to A Levels and by devoting 100% of your time to Art and Design you will study your subject in-depth, learning lots of specialist skills and techniques. We offer a range of creative pathways including fine art, textiles, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture, photography and darkroom processes. Completion of the course provides you with a portfolio of work which you will need to work towards employment within creative industries or to apply for higher level Art and Design courses.

Course content

The course is made up of 18 units where you will be able to express your ideas through painting, drawing, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, photography and ceramics. As you progress, you will be able to develop your ideas, analytical skills and communication skills. Listed below are some of the unit titles studied:

Unit 1: Visual Recording in Art and Design
Unit 2: Materials, Techniques, and Processes in Art and Design
Unit 3: Ideas and Concepts in Art and Design
Unit 4: Communication Through Art and Design
Unit 5: Contextual Influences in Art and Design
Unit 6: Application, Exploration and Realisation
Unit 32: Experimental Imagery in Photography
Unit 35: Darkroom Practice
Unit 75: Drawing from Observation
Unit 76: Generating Fine Art Ideas
Unit 78: Developing and Realising Fine Art Ideas
Unit 80: Painting in Fine Art
Unit 81: Printmaking
Unit 87: Exploring Specialist Ceramic Techniques
Unit 88: Extending Specialist Ceramic Techniques
Unit 107: Exploring Specialist Textile Techniques
Unit 108: Extending Specialist Textile Techniques

Entry requirements

You will need to have at least four GCSEs at Grade C or above including GCSE Art and Design.

Future opportunities

What opportunities are there for me to study beyond the classroom?

The Sainsbury Centre offers workshops for students which you can sign up to. Also, there are life drawing courses that are free to under 19 year olds at Wensum Lodge but, due to limited places, you need to telephone and enquire as soon as possible. We encourage students to work in an Art room when they are free and after school from 3.05 pm until 4.30 pm.

What kind of career does this subject/qualification prepare me for?

Art Foundation, Graphic Design, Film, Television, Photography, Games Design, Textile and Fashion Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Product Design, Furniture Design, Theatre and Stage Design, Teaching and Lecturing, Museums and Galleries.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015
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