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Art, Craft & Design A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

If you are a creative and passionate person with the ability to think-outside-of-the-box then an Art, Craft and Design A Level could be for you. The course is creatively challenging and personally fulfilling, providing the ideal platform for any student wishing to pursue the extensive career opportunities in the creative and visual arts field. This subject will appeal to students who have been successful at GCSE and wish to maintain a creative balance in their studies. Observational drawing, painting, print making, photography, textiles, sculpture and installation make up this rigorous course within the @RC building. The techniques covered mirror the multi-disciplinary nature of working within creative industries and will contribute towards you creating a thought provoking portfolio. You will explore the impact art has in society by referencing practitioners such as Cornelia Parker, Damien Hirst and Marc Quinn. Trips to Croydon School of Art and Paris Photo will help to inform your choice of course beyond A Level and support you with the first step towards breaking into creative industries.

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Specific Requirements & Skills Required

Ability to work indep

endently and as part of a group 

Attention to detail 

Creativity 

Production of a portfolio requires persistence and good time management skills 

An eye for composition 

An ability to work creatively with a breadth of materials and composition 

Analytical writing 

Think in a perceptive way 

Wider reading of art essays 

Willingness to research at exhibitions in Central London 

Ability to write an academic essay using the Harvard referencing system

Entry requirements

This course is open to students who have achieved a B grade and above in GCSE Art. We also consider portfolio submissions from students who love Art but did not choose it as a GCSE option. In this instance, your application portfolio must include:

An explanation as to why you want to study Art, Craft and Design. 

Fifteen of your best pieces of Art showing your ability to explore a breadth of materials, styles and techniques 

Three famous Artworks which are in your opinion, thought provoking. Include a written analysis of your choices


Year 12 follows the same structure as what is required by the exam board for Year 13.

Component 1: Personal Investigation, 60% You will unlock your intuitive powers through debating the power of Artists’ work, while experimenting with a breadth of materials to develop your own recognisable style. Aiming high will enable you to produce a body of work rather than one single piece. You will curate an exhibition of your outcomes in the @RC Gallery for the Summer Festival and present your journey to an audience of peers, family and friends. Visiting lecturers and students who are currently studying degrees in Art will provide extended feedback and portfolio advice throughout this unit. There will also be the opportunity to visit Paris in November. This component includes a personal study of 1000 words in continuous prose.

Component 2: Externally Set Assignment, 40% You will produce a second portfolio in response to a given stimuli which is set by the exam board. Previous stimuli titles have included the elements, identity, relationships and journey. Stimuli tend to be quite broad to allow for individual development of ideas and a breadth of outcomes. Given a broad theme as a starting point, you are required to prepare your ideas, intentions and a final response. You will produce your final outcome under exam conditions in fifteen hours. This will be completed over three days.

Future opportunities

Foundation art, film studies, architecture, photography, visual merchandising, graphic design, textiles, fashion, museum/gallery curator, interior design, theatrical make-up, combined degrees which feature Art modules.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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