Art and design
What is A level Art and design?
Art is defined as the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power. It is a way of expressing yourself, your thoughts and feelings in relation to the world around you.
Why study this course?
Studying art & design will inspire you to problem solve and communicate in a creative and innovative way. You will explore and create a visual language, which says something about the way you understand and perceive the world around you. This will enable you to develop and discover ways in which art can be a powerful tool to change perspectives and affect the attitudes of others. Using a variety of techniques and materials, you will have the opportunity to develop your own artistic interests and style reflecting your personal and cultural identity, the society around you and your place in the world. This qualification is an excellent progression pathway on to higher education. This is supported with opportunities to exhibit your work, residential visits and the opportunity to undertake additional enrichment activities.
What can you expect from A level Art and design?
You will develop your skills working with different materials and techniques on a range of challenging scales. Projects will build on your existing skills from your GCSE and school studies, along with experimenting with new techniques and processes designed to help you plan for overall final pieces. You will be valued as an individual and encouraged to pursue areas of study that you feel passionate about, enabling you to develop your own approach as an artist.
How is the course assessed?
Assessment is through a combination of coursework assignments (60%) and a controlled examination, including sketchbook work and a final piece (40%).
Who is this course for?
If you enjoy developing your ideas, working practically and are not afraid to explore and be experimental with a variety of different materials, then art & design may be the subject for you.
5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language. In addition you must achieve a grade 4 or above in GCSE Art. An ability to draw to a good standard is essential for the course.
"I have always loved art and the challenge of creating pieces that explore realism but I was always intimidated by large scale pieces. Art at college broke down that barrier for me and encouraged me to be more ambitious allowing me to create pieces I didn’t think I could. Emma and Steph also opened new opportunities for me to enter competitions, such as my Cloudland submission that was exhibited at Alexandra Palace Theatre. As long as you’re willing to push yourself and work hard, you’ll surprise yourself!"
what will I study?As part of the course, you will initially explore a range of small projects in order to introduce you to a range of experimental media and concepts. These include traditional materials such as drawing, sculpture, painting, print, both digital and darkroom photography and graphics. You will then work on independent projects building up a portfolio of work in two different units. You will also take part in drawing workshops, giving you the opportunity to work on a life drawing study programme to enhance your observational drawing skills.
additional activities with this subjectStudents have had the opportunity to visit the Liverpool Biennale; an Arts festival exploring an extensive range of artworks, projects and events. Art students have also visited galleries such as Tate Liverpool and taken advantage of local opportunities at Touchstones to both see and exhibit work. Students have also visited Warner Brothers studio tour for those students looking to go into set design or animatronics to provide a better understanding of working practices and understand the range of potential fields for progression into.
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