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Art and Design A Level at Netherhall School

Course description

Students are encouraged to develop their ideas in an original and exciting manner, providing them with the opportunity to gain new skills and develop existing ones. We encourage students to visit galleries locally and in Edinburgh/ London. The Art department organises trips in the Autumn Term to Edinburgh to visit galleries, and University of Cumbria to take part in printmaking workshops and Life Drawing. This enables students to experience a rich variety of historical and contemporary work, which will subsequently inform their own creativity.

A broad-based course exploring practical and critical/contextual work through a range of 2D and/or 3D processes and media associated with two or more of the titles- Fine art, Graphic communication, Textile design, Three-dimensional design, Photography.

Art, Craft and Design is a wide ranging course covering printmaking, sculpture, painting, photography, mixed media, drawing and art history. Students are encouraged to develop their ideas using a range of experimental techniques and media, extending their creative individuality. The course enables students to develop their skills in decision making, the ability to follow tasks through from conception to completion and to develop their potential when working independently.

Entry requirements

You should have a good imagination and be able to have creative fun with your work. A good grade at GCSE Art is essential.

However, it is important to remember that a lot of work will need to be completed not just in lessons but in your own time too. Both AS and A2 involve one unit of coursework, and an externally set assignment. Visits to galleries and museums are strongly recommended to enhance units of work.

Future opportunities

A Foundation Art course which is usually required before studying for any Art based degree or any Art based course. This can lead to careers in fine art, illustration, photography, design or teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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