Art and Design
Why study this subject?
If you enjoyed the challenges put to you at GCSE – A level Art and Design gives you the opportunity to develop your ideas and creativity further.
It offers a practical hand on approach to learning.
It can help you gain a foot in the door to a variety of careers/university courses … media, television, theatre, computer design, free-lance artist, teaching, museums and galleries, fashion, magazines, interior design, architect, garden design, graphic designer, etc.
Art and Design A level provides candidates with opportunities to develop personal responses to ideas, observations, experiences, environments and cultures in practical, critical and contextual forms – in a flexible manner. It allows students and teachers to work together from their strengths.
The A2 assessments are designed to stretch and challenge students with a broad range of question types assessing a wide range of creative skills.
Use of synoptic assessment means students can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the subject as a whole and make links between different areas of the subject
What will the subject include?
A-level Art and Design is a two-year course.
It offers a natural progression from the GCSE/BTEC First courses we currently teach at HTC.
It is divided into 2 sections, AS (Advanced Subsidiary) is the first half of an A-level, as well as being a stand-alone qualification & A2 is the second half of an A-level qualification.
There are two units at AS level and two at A2 level.
Where will it lead?
This specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Art and Design or related subjects in Higher Education.
In addition, it is suitable for the diverse range of candidates who wish to develop their interest in and enjoyment of Art and Design, fostering its value in lifelong learning.
It offers a practical hands on approach to gaining a foot in the door for a variety of careers … media, television, theatre, computer design, free-lance artist, teaching, museums and galleries, fashion, magazines, interior design, architect, garden design, graphic designer, etc.
Which other subjects complement this subject?
Textiles Technology, Graphics Technology, ICT, Drama, Music (if you take the Diploma route in college afterwards), Dance (if you take the Diploma route in college afterwards)
Whether you are majoring in the arts, a technical subject or science, encouraging your own creativity is always a bonus and can also help you have great ideas in your other subjects.
Subject specific requirements?
GCSE Art and Design – 5/6 or above.
Any equivalent examination – for example – BTEC.
A portfolio of your KS4 work will be required for interview.
For examination board link, click here.