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Art and Design (Fine Art or Graphic Communication) AS and A2 Level at Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Students are able to enjoy a series of creative coursework projects exploring themes such as the figure, structures, natural forms, typography and graphic abstraction. Visual awareness and creativity are developed via areas of study including drawing, painting, sculpture, stencil art, graphics, mixed media and digital media.

In Year 12, students undertake an intensive period of creative study and under the guidance of specialist tutors select a Fine Art or Graphic Communication specialism. On receiving the early release paper in January students develop a personal response to a topic selected from a range of written and visual starting points, briefs and stimuli.

In Year 13, students further specialise in their strongest area of interest, developing a highly personal direction supported by the tutors. There is a regular figure drawing class for all A-level students and access to a wide range of facilities. The practical elements are supported by a written related study in which the student explores the artists that have influenced them. A wider appreciation is developed via gallery visits locally and nationally. Students combine their knowledge and understanding to support their coursework portfolio.

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved at least a C in Art at GCSE. Students who did not take GCSE Art may apply for a special entry test, which must be successfully passed to gain access to the course.


AS: 4 months of teacher led skills development and experimentation to prepare students for the Externally Set Task.  Students then pick one question topic from the exam paper to explore independently with guidance from their teacher.

A-Level: 60 per cent coursework. Students choose their own coursework topic to develop in a practical way with a written related study. 40 per cent externally set task. Students pick one question topic from a paper released in February.

Future opportunities

A starting point for students wishing to develop a career in the creative industries, A-level Art enables progression towards art foundation and a degree in: video, fashion, textile design, graphics, 3D design, product design, interior design, fine art, art digital media, animation, design for interactive media, illustration, teaching, automotive design and many others.

Students may combine Fine Art/Graphic Communication with both Art Textiles and History of Art to provide a strong foundation for university art and design degree courses.

Please note: University art foundation courses normally require students to have studied A-level Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 05 August 2016
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