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Art and Design: Art,Craft and Design A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

In Year 12 you will follow a course of combined practical and critical study using a variety of media and processes. You will be encouraged and guided to research and develop your own ideas in a variety of disciplines, including painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, three-dimensional design, installation, printmaking and lens and light-based media. During the year you will produce a portfolio module of experimental work based around a set theme, and an externally set assignment.

In Year 13 you will build upon the level of skills, knowledge and understanding developed in Year 12. During the year you will produce a self-devised practical assignment, accompanied by a written component of 1000-3000 words, and an Externally Set assignment.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including a grade B in Art or equivalent.


Each unit is assessed by a display of the completed assignment, including preparation, analysis, developmental work and final outcome. Students may work in the studio at any time during school hours. Visits to galleries and artistic sites are an integral part of the course and a fundamental requirement.

Future opportunities

The work produced during the Art A Level course would form the portfolio content for admission to further education in Art. Thereare many opportunities for future study at Further Education Colleges and Universities in areas of Art and Design such as: Fine Art; Graphic Design; Illustration; Three Dimensional Design; Textiles; Ceramics; Fashion; Jewellery; Photography; Video; Interior Design; Television/ Theatre Set Design; Display; Landscape Architecture; Architecture; Conservation of Artefacts; Art Therapy; Art Education. For further information on the course, visit the AQA website at and follow the subject link.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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