ART & DESIGN

A LEVEL

EXAM BOARD: EDEXCEL – COURSE CODE: 9AD0

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students accepted for this course will have GCSE Art & Design at Grade 7-9.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE CONTENT

The courses will build upon experience and skills gained at GCSE and further the students’ understanding of the basic elements in Art & Design – colour, tone, line, shape, form, pattern and texture.  Experimentation, imagination and analytical skills will also be developed.

Students will acquire a specialist vocabulary and a knowledge and understanding of the place of Art & Design in History and contemporary society.  Visits to galleries are made; independent visits are also encouraged.

Homework is very important – students are expected to spend a minimum of 6 – 8 hours per week in addition to taught lessons.

KEY FEATURES OF THE COURSE

The Department enjoys excellent facilities. The studios are always open to students of Year 12 & Year 13 to pursue their own work and are regularly in use. A working studio atmosphere is encouraged at this level. 

Most materials are available in school, but students are encouraged to purchase a basic kit of Art materials (available at cost through the department) as this encourages responsibility and involvement and allows essential development at home.

FUTURE PATHWAYS

The fine art course can lead down a variety of pathways, such as architecture, art journalism, illustration, interior design, set design, concept design, working in galleries/museums, computer game design, jewellery design, fashion and textile design, media industry and art education.  Those who complete the course are equipped with transferable skills and attitudes that are applicable to other industries such as business, advertising, marketing and IT.

Many students progress onto prestigious foundation and degree courses locally and nationally. A major requirement of any advanced art course is a good portfolio of practical work.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

  • An ability to critique own and other's work
  • Self-confidence and awareness
  • Exhibition and portfolio preparation skills
  • Problem solving and time management skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Independent working and working under time limits
  • Self-motivation and decisiveness
  • The ability to communicate ideas