Art & Design

What is Art & Design?

Art and design feature in every aspect of our daily lives from the cereal box we grab every morning to the table you eat them off, to the clothes you put on and the trainers you walk to school in – they’ve all been through an artistic process.

The Art Department gives students the opportunity to be creative by studying different disciplines of Art, Craft and Design. If you want to improve your artistic practice and enhance your technique in different artistic forms, this course is for you. 

This course is a great way to learn new techniques and develop ideas. You’ll be encouraged to experiment and develop your own unique style.

You’ll study:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Ceramics (3D)
  • Sculpture (3D)
  • Screen printing
  • Lino and mono printing
  • Etching
  • Photography
  • Creative textiles
  • Graphics

Course leader: Mrs H Cross

What will I study? Year 1

In Year 12 Art you will develop your skills in a broad range of media, research the work of others and work independently to your chosen expedition theme.

This will allow you to work independently, become self disciplined and work on your personal artwork (with continued support and guidance).

Year 2 - A Level

In Year 13 you will continue to learn new skills and develop your work through sustained investigations of the work of other artists. You will work in sketchbooks, study sheets and create maquettes for 3D work.

This independent, creative work will lead to interesting and personal products that are developed from the depth of work that you have produced.

Please Note: You must successfully complete Year 1 before progressing onto Year 2.

What are the entry qualifications?

XP16 minimum GCSE entry criteria plus a minimum Grade 6 Art (or Grade 6 in a related creative subject) and Grade 4 in English Language. Consideration will also be given on an individual basis, to students who have engaged in the ‘Transition to XP16’ program throughout Y11 and have secured a recommendation from the subject leader.


What qualifications will I get?

For most students this is a two-year, A level single award A*-E grade course

Please note:

You must successfully complete Year 1 before progressing onto Year 2.

What else should I consider?

You do NOT need to have studied GCSE Art & Design to study this subject at A level however a very important requirement is that you should have a passion and flair for Art & Design which can be evidenced in a portfolio of your work. 

Why study this course?

Studying Art and Design at A Level will give you an excellent grounding in drawing, painting, graphics, textiles, printing and 3D. You’ll also study the work of others, where you’ll discover more about the artist and the context they work from. This course allows you to develop your creative thinking and gives you the opportunity to work independently.

What skills will I develop?

Arts, design and fashion jobs are all about being creative, and having the confidence to run with your ideas. You'll need an open mind not just to try new things, but also to learn from and work for people who've been in the industry a long time. You also have to be on time with deadlines, and be able to work well with a team of people.

One of the main skills you will need as an artist or designer is the ability to keep up to date with the latest trends and developments.

- Ability to Work Under Pressure
- Commercial Awareness
- Communication
- Creativity
- Design
- Graphic Design
- Teamwork
- Time Management


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