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Art - Craft and Design A Level at Kingsbridge Community College

Course description

What will I learn on this Advanced GCE course?

The main purpose of any course in art, craft and design is to develop your ability to appreciate the visual world, respond in a personal and creative way and perhaps even contribute for the benefit of everyone.

The skills you will develop will be varied. Among them you will develop a working knowledge of materials, practices and technology within art. You will develop the skills to interpret and convey your ideas and feelings using art, craft and design. You will develop your imaginative and creative powers and your experimental, analytical and documenting skills. You will also develop a specialist vocabulary and the knowledge and understanding of the place of art, craft and design in history and in contemporary society.

The skills you acquire will be determined to some extent by the area of study you choose. However, whether you see yourself as a painter, a graphic designer or a film maker, the same basic rules and skills apply.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSEs at grades A* - C including English and Maths. Students are expected to select a minimum of 4 AS subjects in Year 12 and continue to follow a minimum of 3 subjects to A2 in Year 13. 

The best foundation for success at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced GCE (A2) in Art is a grade C and above at GCSE. However this is not the only requirement. You may be creative or ‘good at drawing’ but this course is not an easy option and you should be prepared to work hard at developing your abilities. You will also need to be prepared to study, discuss and write about other artists and their work.

You should have an understanding of the basic elements of art, colour, tone, form etc., and also some understanding of the place of art, craft and design in the world, its history and its purpose. Above all, you should have an interest in creating and understanding art and the determination to develop that interest.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsbridge Community College directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years