- Excellent examination results: 100% pass rate at A level.
- Small classes: teaching is tailored to the individual to identify, foster, develop and maximise personal strengths and interests.
- Dedicated Sixth Form studio: students can use this during study periods, lunchtimes and after school. This facility is also available to boarders at the weekends.
- Extra tuition is available during the lunch hour every day and after school until 5.00 pm.
- Every year A level students go on to Higher Education Foundation Courses in Art and Design. The Art Department has a 100% record of placing students on Foundation Courses.
- The art department offers individual help with Foundation Course applications, writing of Personal Statements, preparation for interview and interview portfolios.
A Level Art and Design, Textiles and Photography encourage you to develop intellectual curiosity, imaginative, creative and intuitive capabilities, as well as initiative, self-discipline and an enquiring mind. It is a subject that demands active participation and helps you to fulfil your individual potential.
You will be encouraged to identify and develop your strengths and to generate and sustain your own lines of enquiry using appropriate media and techniques.
Through studying Art and Design, Textiles and Photography you will acquire investigative, analytical, practical, technical and expressive skills, as well as aesthetic and contextual understanding and critical judgement.
You will be encouraged to work independently, and to develop, review and refine your ideas as well as evaluating and reflecting upon your own work and progress. You will develop and use knowledge and understanding of the work of others to develop and extend your thinking and to inform your own work.
Drawing skills are an important aspect of art and design A level work. Drawing can be used in a variety of ways: for observation analysis, planning, developing ideas and to realise intentions. Drawing can also be used to explore the formal elements; line, tone, shape, form, colour, pattern, texture and spatial relationships.
Sketchbooks are used in a variety of ways to document the development of your work and ideas. They can be used for recording, for observation and analysis, to explore and resolve problems, for personal evaluation as well as being a visual and written diary. The sketch book documents all the stages of the “process of making” and contains most of the evidence for the accurate assessment of your work.
How will I study?
You will focus on the personal development of your ideas. You will be working from an externally set starting point. The teaching will help you to identify and develop your personal strengths and areas of interest. You will receive a significant amount of individual tuition, discussion of your work, ideas and progress will take place every lesson, however, you will also be encouraged to work as independently as possible and to take increasing responsibility for your own learning as you progress through the course.
What do I need to start the course?
Art and Design: Ideally, you should have studied Art to GCSE level and have achieved a Grade B or above.
Textiles: Ideally, GCSE textiles at Grade B or above or evidence of a keen interest in textile techniques, experience of using a sewing machine, with examples of work.
Photography: Ideally, GCSE photography at Grade B or above, or evidence of a keen interest in photography contained in a portfolio
For full course specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/art-and-design