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Art and Design A Level at Bury St Edmunds County Upper School

Course description

An A Level in Art and Design can provide a basic grounding for a foundation course at college which can lead to a degree in many different disciplines e.g. interior design, jewellery design, product design, textiles, sculpture, printmaking, furniture, fashion etc. The qualification can also combine with other subjects to provide a student with the necessary requirements for courses at university such as architecture, car design, structural engineering, art therapy, environmental development and landscape design.

Course content

The course aims to:
• Further develop in candidates an understanding of the nature of visual thinking and its appropriate language and to develop the capacity for creative thought and action whereby the candidate is able to innovate, initiate and make effective personal responses.
• Develop an awareness of the relationship between intuitive value judgements and those derived from cognitive and analytical processes.
• Continue encouraging experience in the use of materials, their limits and the effect that this might have on the nature of visual imagery.
• Provide the experience by which candidates discover where their talents and interests lie.
• Enable candidates to relate their own work to that of other artists and designers.
• Develop an understanding of the holistic nature of Art and Design activity.
• Increase understanding of cultural change and the importance of Art and Design in a multicultural society.
Teaching and learning styles
• The course will include ‘Process and Procedures’.
• Project based thematic enquiry and response.
• Sequential development, which aims at an accumulation of specific skills. Knowledge and understanding over a fixed period of time.
• Expressive response.
• Structured discussion, critical appraisal and analysis.
• Designing.
• Visual research, analysis, observation and recording.

Entry requirements

Students  who  wish  to  study  GCE  Advanced  level  courses  are  required  to  have  passed  at  least  five  GCSE  or  equivalent  level  two  courses  at  grades  5-9  including  a  minimum  of  grade 5 in the subjects they wish to study.  Most students attempting A level courses will have  more  than  this  minimum.  In  subjects  not  taught  at  GCSE  a  5  in  a  related  subject  is  required (for example, a 5/6 in English would enable a student to study Politics).


Personal Investigation 60%
Externally set assignment. (Work journal and preparatory studies and a 15
hour practical examination) 40%

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bury St Edmunds County Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 12 January 2018
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