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Art and Design A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

If you have enjoyed GCSE Art and Design and you wish to extend your learning in the subject, you will find A Level Art and Design a stimulating and rewarding option. The Art and Design course is underpinned throughout with a strong emphasis on continuing to develop key skills and knowledge and understanding of other artists.
In Year 12, a series of Art History lectures ensure that all students’ work has a strong theoretical underpinning. Sixth Form students studying A Level Art and Design are encouraged to work in the widest variety of materials and techniques.
A Level Art and Design provides opportunities for personal expression, encourages imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation, analytical abilities and practically orientated attitudes.

Course content

The A Level Art and Design course is very flexible. It meets the needs of students who wish to specialise in Fine Art, as well as those who wish to pursue a more general course involving a range of media. All students will have the opportunity to engage in painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography and mixed media options. The department is very well resourced and equipped. There are opportunities to use a variety of facilities, including a photographic dark room and a suite of computers. Students also have the opportunity to attend weekly life drawing classes.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Art. (If you haven’t studied GCSE Art, you will need to attend an interview and submit a portfolio of work).


Students are guided through a structured course, developing independent thinking skills. While starting points in projects may be shared, the course allows students to develop a great degree of autonomy and individual direction within their work.

We are keen to integrate opportunities for our students to exhibit their work alongside professional artists in a public gallery. The Ariel Centre is a fantastic Art Gallery on site with a rolling programme of public events, showcasing our students’ work as well as local and international artists’ work. Students also have exciting opportunities to visit galleries around the world. Recent trips have included London, New York Metropolitan Museum and Tuscany, where students visited galleries in Sienna and Florence.

Future opportunities

There are many routes for students studying Art and Design. The last twenty years has seen an expansion in design related industries and a wide range of degree level courses have been developed to service this sector. The usual route after A Level is to take a one-year Foundation course, although some students have progressed straight onto degree courses. We are proud that our Post 16 students can progress onto the successful Foundation course which is also sited at Kennicott. The high level of achievement among our students has recently been recognised by University College Falmouth with whom we are now working in partnership.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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