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Art and Design at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

The Art and Design ‘A’ level course is exciting, diverse and challenging. Emphasis is placed upon individual learning, creativity and personal responses. During this course you will be given the chance to work within a wide range of specialisms. Including fine art, drawing, painting, photography and digital art.

Course content

Fine Art refers to the visual exploration of ideas, meanings and feelings at a personal level and also in the wider context of their social, historical and cultural connections. The area of study is broad to enable students to explore and develop their understanding of the formal elements in a variety of media. Students endeavour to work independently and have freedom to develop and communicate meaning through their exploration and experimentation. They are expected to research thoroughly in order to develop informed opinions and critical judgements about their own work and that of other artists.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, GCSE level 5 in Art or recommendation of head of department


 Emphasis will be on understanding, experimentation and development of ideas. Starting with the Purpose of Drawing students are guided through a series of processes, techniques and concepts before starting their independent enquiry. Formal assessment will take place at the end of Year Thirteen.

Future opportunities

A Level Art is a recognised qualification for entry into most university courses and for specialist Fine Art establishments. Career opportunities include Fine Arts, Art Worker, Arts Administration, Architecture, Marketing, Graphic Design, Magazine Layout, Computer Aided Design, Animation, 3D Design, Sculpture, Ceramics, Interior Design, Textile Design, Fashion Design, Fashion, Illustration, Costume Design, Theatre Design, Photography, rts Journalism, Restoration, Conservation, Visual Communications, Museum Work, Curator, Product Design, Display, Art Therapy. Community Arts Co-ordination.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 03 October 2017
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    • Sixth Form
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