Art & Design Courses
Our large, airy and open plan art studio and expert teaching team will help you develop into an emerging artist and designer. Similar to facilities offered at some of the top universities for art degrees, you will have a personalised ‘pod’ space for the duration of your A Level course; giving you ample space and flexibility to develop your art work. We also have a range of installation spaces where our students can experiment on a larger scale with their creative ideas.
During the first two terms of our A Level courses, you will participate in a series of workshops to allow you to explore our wide range of facilities and broaden your technical skills and visual understanding of different creative techniques. This will also help you to build an impressive portfolio of work. Our teaching staff will spend time discussing your personal ambitions and tailor the subject matter of your work towards your own interests as much as possible.
Yearly trips to galleries, links to local Arts universities and visits by creative professionals further inform the development of your creative practice.
Assessment of the course is by two components: a personal investigation (60%) and externally set assignment (40%).
Examination board: AQA
Art & Design: Art, Craft & Design A Level
This course provides a fantastic opportunity to build a varied range of techniques building on core drawing skills. These will lead to developing ideas through exploring two or more of the following areas: painting (fine art), photography, graphics, textile design, mixed media or three dimensional design.
You will have access to our specialist printmaking and textiles facilities, digital photography equipment including DSLRs and photography studio and a computer suite for digital processing and CAD/CAM software. Our three dimensional design studios provide a fully equipped workshop including equipment for wood, ceramics metal and plastics. You will participate in regular life drawing classes delivered by tutors from local art universities and will visit galleries and museums to expand and enhance your knowledge and understanding of artists and art sources.
Where could the course take you?
This subject can lead to a wide range of degrees. Many of our students have gone on to study degrees such as fine art, illustration, interior architecture, three dimensional design and costume design for theatre and screen.