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Art, Craft and Design A Level at Aquinas College

Course description

Art at Aquinas is an exciting and challenging subject that encourages students to be creative and show a more personal understanding of Art, Craft and Design. The aim of this course is to promote a broad-based learning experience across a range of media exploring ideas and themes in two and three-dimensional processes and techniques.

This is a broad-based 2-year course which aims to encourage creative thinking and artistic understanding. You will have the opportunity to work across two or more areas of Art and Design including Fine Art, Design, Textiles, 3D and Photography.

Course content

Year 1 Knowledge, Understanding and Skills

Students will gain experience of working in a variety of Art, Craft and Design media including Drawing; Print-making; Mixed media; Ceramics; Painting; Sculpture; Textiles; Photography and Digital manipulation, supported with sketchbook techniques and responding to a range of themes.

Year 2 Progression and Formal Assessment

Building on skills learnt in the first year through two assessed projects:
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment (40%)

Entry requirements

Grade 4 in both GCSE English Language and Maths + 4 grade Cs in other subjects (which could include English Literature grade 4) 

Future opportunities

Studying Art, Craft and Design at Aquinas can lead to a wide variety of courses at University. Most students will apply for an Art and Design Foundation Course before applying to University, many of our students have gained places on the MMU Foundation Course or the Stockport Foundation Course. Many Art and Design related degree courses expect students to have an Art Foundation Course after studying A-level.

Students who have completed the Art and Design Foundation courses after studying Art, Craft and Design A Level at Aquinas have progressed to Chelsea School of Art to study Textiles, Camberwell School of Art to study Fine Art, Central St. Martin’s to study Fine Art, Sheffield Hallam to study Graphics and Manchester Metropolitan University to study Fine Art.

Further information

During the first year students will visit Manchester and Liverpool galleries and Media City, Salford to inspire ideas for projects.

As part of the Art, Craft and Design careers enrichment students will have the opportunity to go to the Design your Future Fair, in November, and visit the MMU Degree Shows in Manchester in June to see further study and courses that are available. We also visit the Foundation Shows at both MMU and Stockport College.

During the second year students have the opportunity to visit the galleries in London, including the Tate Britain, Tate Modern, The National Portrait Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery, amongst others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 September 2017
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