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Art, Craft and Design A Level at De Aston School

Course description

Both these courses build upon the experiences, skills and processes encountered during the GCSE qualification. Students will explore the concepts of 2D and 3D representation through line, tone and colour. The work is based on figurative, representational and abstracted elements involving a wide range of practices that will develop creative and problem-solving skills. In addition students are encouraged to explore links to artists/designers and cultures, as well as using a wide variety of traditional mediums like paint, pencil, oil, pastels to digital photographic and image manipulation techniques.

Students should choose to study this subject because they have a desire and passion to explore the full range of possibilities and wish to experience new and exciting areas of study (not because they think they are good at it). A serious student will be expected to do at least five hours independent study every week. This should take the form of idea generation, project development and completion, as well as critical studies research.

Students must have this level of motivation or they will find the course increasingly difficult. Development in a practical subject only comes through doing the work. To aid students, the department is open to them during their study periods as well as during lunchtime and after school.

Students are assessed equally on four objectives:

  • Development of Ideas
  • Exploration and Experimentation of Media
  • Quality of Work
  • Personal Interpretation

The course is taught as a series of projects covering a wide range of subject matter. It is essential to remember - the actual physical quality of the work is only ONE of the FOUR criteria – this means that stunning work can get low grades and poor quality but well thought out work can get high grades.

On the A2 course students will spend the first year developing their skills and interests. As they progress into Year 13 they will be encouraged to work more independently and to produce a series of work based on their own experiences and tastes. This portfolio will be supported by a detailed account of ‘their journey’.


Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English Language. A vocational qualification will be considered as an equivalent to a GCSE qualification provided that at least a Level 2 Merit has been achieved on the examination element of that course.

Minimum of Grade C in GCSE Art. Students who have not studied Art GCSE will only be considered on the successful completion of a set skill-based project and personal portfolio.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Aston School directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015

Key information

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