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Art & Design A Level at Coombe Boys' School

Course description

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. This course enables you to use and understand art, craft and design as a form of visual communication, to have confidence in reading and evaluating visual images and artefacts. You will also develop your ability to experiment and explore a range of media to realise your intentions.

We teach from a fine art perspective – you will be expected to draw, paint, print, photograph and sculpt your observations of the world around you, developing these through sustained experimentation and by making connections with a wide range of other artists’ work. The main element of the course is practical art making in the studio, although you will also be introduced to key conceptual and analytical theories and be expected to undertake written analysis.

You will need to be able to research independently and to have your own ideas about issues and your immediate environment - the world in which you live.

Entry requirements

We require you to have at least a grade B in a creative subject. This could include: Art & Design, Photography, Textiles, Resistant Materials, Graphics, or even Media Studies.


Both AS and A2 consist of one coursework module and one taught exam module. This will be broken down into smaller workshop based units, looking at skills ranging from printmaking, painting, sculpture, photography, to critical theory and presentation. Initial AS projects are based around a set theme which is used to develop ideas and skills.

Classwork and homework is structured around the assessment criteria, focusing on visual recording, the exploration and analysis of a range of traditional and contemporary artists and photographers, and experimentation with a broad range of media.

In the A2 year, you gain increasing independence working to your own ideas, with support from your teachers. There is also a contextual studies element in the A2 course, students are required to write an essay based on ideas they are exploring in their practical work.

Future opportunities

Most students go on to study an Art Foundation course at university, which is a one-year course with degree style teaching and facilities, enabling you to specialise your career in the arts, and produce a professional portfolio for entrance onto a degree course. There are over 5,000 different practical creative courses on offer at degree level, from Computer Games Design to Fashion Design and Fine Art.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years