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A Level Art at John Smeaton Academy

Course description

Here in the Art Department, we are passionate about exploring Art and Design and aim to help students develop a broad range of life skills in the following areas:

• Creativity and independent thought

• Problem solving

• Visual self expression

• Use of different media to convey ideas and meaning

• Imagination and personal expression

We have strong links with Leeds College of Art and our students are given opportunities to study there through Taster Days, twilight workshops and one-off life drawing classes. We have found these sessions to be valuable and rewarding through which students have taken on many new skills. We are regularly out and about – drawing and photographing in the locality as well as visiting local and national galleries to influence and inspire our own art. We are currently working with 2 artists from British Art Show 8,        producing work which will be placed into their exhibition.  We also benefit from the expertise of artists in residence; practising artists who offer further breadth to the study of A level at our academy. To date they have delivered workshops in contemporary practise, art history, conventional and unconventional oil painting.



AS Fine Art Programme of Study:

Component 1 (60%): Portfolio. Environment unit to learn and develop skills.

Component 2 (40%): Externally set assignment to    include 10 hours supervised time.

A Level Fine Art Programme of Study:

Component 1 (60%): Personal investigation   including a written element.

Component 2 (40%): Externally set assignment including 15 hours supervised time.

Future opportunities

The creative industries in Britain are the    second biggest GDP earner. All companies are now recognising creativity as a key skill and realise creative flair and good design are key factors in generating new business. If you look around you everything you own, wear, eat and consume has been designed and   created! So being creative is not just a way of satisfying your artistic soul…it will also earn you a wage!


Further information

What do our students say?

“I love Art because it is about expressing myself, there are no right or wrong answers. There are lots of opportunities to use my imagination and be creative.”


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September