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Art AS/A Level at Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy

Course description

Studying AS and A Level Art and Design will help you to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive skills.

You will have the opportunity to investigate, experiment, develop practical skills as well as aesthetic understanding and critical judgement.

Yet more valuable than anything, you will enjoy opportunities to develop independence of mind, explore your own ideas, refine your skills and produce personal outcomes.

  • You will look at the ways other artists and designers have worked to enhance your own artwork.
  • You will keep sketchbooks to assist in the recording and developing of your ideas.
  • You will also learn various ways of presenting your work for display.

As you progress through the A Level course and learn more advanced skills, you will be encouraged to find ways of developing your own personal style and interests and therefore will enable you to work to your strengths in painting, printmaking, drawing, mixed media and photography.

Course content

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Course work portfolio. As an AS Art and Design student you will learn new techniques in painting, drawing and print making or if you prefer, sculpture. You will use oil, acrylic, watercolour and ready-mix paint and for drawing, pencil, oil and chalk pastels, graphite sticks, charcoal and inks. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills and focus on whichever materials and techniques you prefer to specialise in. As part of the course you will also be expected to document your research into the work of artists, designers and crafts people and experiment with materials and develop ideas for your own work.
  • Unit 2: Externally set assignment

A Level

  • Unit 3: Self generated unit of work. In the second year of the course as an A Level Art and Design student you will be expected to work independently, with the support of the Art department. Your work can be based on either an issue, an interest, an artist or a genre of art. You will be expected to keep a workbook/journal to document your research and developments and produce a portfolio of completed art work. You are also expected to write a short essay.
  • Unit 4: Externally set assignment.

Entry requirements

GCSE C in Art


Year 12 (AS qualification only)

  • Year 12 AS course content: 100% coursework

Year 13 (A Level qualification)

  • Year 12 and 13 course content: non-exam assessment - 100%
  • 40% is allocated to tasks set by exam boards and completed in a specified time

Future opportunities

The Midlands is internationally known for its ‘creative industries’ and there are many job opportunities. There are many Universities around the country offering a wide range of Creative Arts and Design courses

Examples of courses previous students have taken are: Automotive design at Huddersfield University, Illustration at UCE, Fine Art at Newman College.

There’s a very wide range of art related job opportunities such as:

Animator • Ceramics designer • Community arts worker • Exhibition designer • Fashion designer • Fine artist • Furniture conservator/restorer • Furniture designer • Glass blower/designer • Graphic designer • Illustrator • Industrial/product designer • Interior and spatial designer • Jewellery designer • Make-up artist • Medical illustrator • Museum/gallery conservator • Photographer • Press photographer • Printmaker • Production designer, theatre/ television/film • Textile designer • Web Designer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wednesfield High Specialist Engineering Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 June 2016
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