In the first year of the course you will develop a range of skills including Drawing, Painting, Photography, Collage, Sculpture, Print Making including Etching, Mono-printing and Screen-printing. Art History will underpin these introductory skills, encouraging debate, critical judgement and ultimately an informed studio practice.

In the second year, students will apply these skills to a variety of Fine Art themes in which we encourage individual subject matter and ideas. There will be the freedom to experiment and use the knowledge from Year 12 to create works, which have a focused personal direction.

This will be supported by specific research into either historical or contemporary art and design movements. Visits to both local and national galleries are also seen as an essential part of the course, enabling students to be inspired by seeing artwork in context.

If you have a passion for creativity, are intrigued by the visual language of art and have the motivation to push ideas to achieve their potential, then this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:
A Level programmes require a minimum of 2 GCSEs at grade 6 and 3 GCSEs at grade 5.

Subject Specific Requirements:
English Language grade 5 and Art grade 5 if taken. In addition, any student wishing to take two art subjects will be required to have obtained a grade 6 in GCSE Art. A student without Art GCSE will be considered for entry on the course, supported by a suitable portfolio of work.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 12 you will produce coursework that allows you to experiment in a range of styles and media.

In Year 13 you will undertake Component One: coursework, followed by an exam unit based on an externally set exam paper. All components are continually assessed by your teachers so that you always know what is expected of you.

In June of Year 13 an external examiner visits the College to moderate grades.

Where does it lead?

Many of our students progress on to Art related degrees at prestigious universities. The written essay in Component One in Year 13 will prepare you for a variety of careers where critical analysis is an important element.

The skills developed will provide you with excellent entry onto a wide
variety of higher education Arts courses. The areas include Visual Art & Media, Art History, Textile or Fashion or Theatre Design, Interior Design, Architecture, Animation, Illustration, Photography & Media Production, to name but a few. The research, development and
analysis skills both written and practical which students gain from the course have seen numerous students gain successful entry to national higher education institutes, including Edinburgh College of Art, Manchester School of Art and Glasgow School of Art.

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