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A-level Art, Craft and Design at Winstanley College

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Course Content

Personal Investigation

This is an introduction to art and design techniques delivered through a series of practical workshops. Students will develop their ability to use different techniques and explore the range facilities and working environments to produce a sustained body of work focusing on a specific theme or starting point. (Coursework)

Advanced Personal Investigation. 

This component challenges students to develop more advanced practical skills and analysis. (Coursework)

In the final term, students are given a brief by the exam board which requires them to demonstrate personal intentions prompted by a range of starting points. (Preparatory work and examination)

Why should I study Art and Design at Winstanley?

This is a course which introduces you to a variety of techniques so that you can express your creativity through a variety of media.   We welcome students whose aspirations lie outside the world of art as well as those keen to pursue a creative future in industries as diverse as product design, photo-journalism, architecture or sculpture.    You will receive help with choosing which university and which course is right for you. We will support your development of interview skills, providing portfolio guidance as well as inspiring you with enrichment activities and trips.

Learning outside the classroom

We provide opportunities to take part in a wide range of enrichment activities such as educational visits to national and international locations. In recent years students have enjoyed reference gathering trips to Morocco, Thailand, London, Liverpool, and Manchester they feed these unique experiences directly into their visual work.

A popular route to university for our A Level students is via our thriving Art Foundation course, where students are allowed to explore a range of disciplines as they progress towards their chosen pathway. Specialist portfolio advice will be provided for students wishing to progress to a course at higher education. Winstanley students already studying creative subjects at university will visit to relay their experiences and guest speakers from a range of institutions will provide an insight into being a student of art and design at higher education establishments.

From school pupil to Winstanley student

You must, above all, be keen to create!  We would like you to have completed a creative course at GCSE, but we can also accept you based on a portfolio of work produced outside of education if you haven’t studied art at GCSE.   When you enrol we will make sure that you are receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, help with written analysis/annotation or practical support from our specialist technicians.

Where are they now?

Leanne Claxton

Leanne continued studying on the Art Foundation course at Winstanley before progressing to Printed Textile Design at Central Saint Martins in London.  She moved to Paris, where she worked for legendary designer Christian Lacroix and has worked with clients in London, New York and Hong Kong.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 October 2018
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