“Art broadens your perspective & opens your mind to wider creative interpretations.” – Emily H

Course Specification

The A level specification in art and design encourages students to develop their intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities. Working with a broad range of media will allow students the independence of mind in developing, refining and communicating their own ideas, their own intentions and their own personal outcomes. Students will cultivate their passion and enthusiasm for art, craft and design. The course gives students the opportunity to understand the interrelationships between art, craft and design processes and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate. They will gain knowledge and experience of real world contexts; an understanding of art, craft, design and media technologies in contemporary and past societies and cultures – as well as an awareness of different roles, functions, audiences and consumers of art, craft and design.


This is a two year full A2 qualification. There is no AS examination.
All students will provide evidence of practical work in a number of different areas:
Drawing, Painting, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Print Making, Graphic Design,
Ceramics, ICT and Image Manipulation.


During the summer term students have the opportunity to work with an artist in residence.
This course also forms an excellent platform for students wishing to move into the creative arts industry. Many students progress on to study specialist courses at National Diploma or further education.


Students must have studied Art at GCSE. Art work will have to be evaluated before your place is guaranteed. A higher grade at GCSE would be advisable.


Head of Department
Mr Gardner
Supported by
Mrs Wilson & Mrs Stevens

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