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Art and Design A Level at Sidmouth College

Course description

In Art we try to develop a sense of excitement and fun in the selection and handling of a wide range of materials, and use this to relate our own feelings to the visual and tactile elements of the external world.

What will I study?

Drawing is central to our work, being a good way of collecting information, as well as helping us to understand what we see around us and develop our responses to it. We also study the work of artists from all periods and cultures so we can better understand their techniques, how it expresses both their own individuality and the context in which it was made. To this end, we arrange visits to art galleries. We have visited London, Barcelona and other local galleries as well as inviting artists into school to run workshops with students. 

We like to encourage people to work in as individual a way as possible, so the work from any one group will cover a whole range of approaches and styles. No-one is forced to be a traditional painter if they would rather aspire to be a future Turner Prize winner!

Entry requirements

Art is a demanding course requiring a great deal of independent learning. You will be expected to use study periods to develop your work with greater independence.

To join the A Level course you must have achieved at least a grade C in GCSE Art and Design.


Your work will be assessed using 4 assessment objectives. The course involves both portfolio work and practically set assignments to be carried out under examination conditions. You will have regular reviews with your teacher to help and guide your learning.

Component 1 Portfolio 60%

Component 2 Externally set assignment 40%

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2017

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