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Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies A Level at Derby College

Course description

This course complements and underpins practical Art and Design studies. It offers the opportunity to explore, research and analyse techniques and art, craft and design practices through both written and visual methodologies. The course involves a range of study areas including fine art and sculpture, design, craft, architecture and the built environment, multi-media, emerging technologies and cultural representation within art and design.

Course content

An important focus of the course involves the ability to use detailed written and visual analysis when conducting research into a range of study areas. You will produce extended written material exploring comparative analysis, differentiation of styles, genres, subject matter and historical cultures and practical techniques relevant to appropriate areas of study. Drawing skills will be understood and developed appropriate to the ways of recording and communicating intentions.

Entry requirements

You need five GCSEs including English and Maths at grade B or above. In addition, you should have GCSE art and design at grade C or above.


You will complete an externally set task internally assessed and externally moderated. You will have a choice of themes with written and/or visual starting points, briefs or stimuli.

Financial information

A small studio fee of £25 will be required for this subject.  This covers all your material costs including a sketchbook and USB memory stick.  However, if you wish to explore additional specialist materials or non-traditional materials that are not covered within the course, you will be responsible for sourcing and providing such materials.  You will also need to make a contribution towards compulsory visits to London - or other - galleries to undertake essential research.

Future opportunities

Following this course you can progress to an Art Foundation course and/or a broad range of Higher Education courses in the field of art and design.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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