For A-Level Art and Design there are two courses that can be followed – Fine Art and Illustration.
The Fine Art course involves experimental media, drawing, painting, print making or sculpture and the course is tailored to the strengths of each student. The Illustration course runs alongside the Fine Art course and involves the use of Photoshop and text in the final presentation of work.
All students have their own studio space to enable them to develop their skills through independent study and both courses include visits to galleries and related workshops.
In Year 12 students produce a portfolio of work (worth 60%) which will include sketch books, work books and journals along with an extended collection of work showing the students’ ability to research and develop ideas. Coursework includes critical analysis, drawing, project development through sketchbooks, experimental studies and resolutions within the disciplines associated with the specialism chosen. The final exam (worth 40%) takes the form of an externally set project which includes a preparation period followed by a 10 hour controlled assessment.
In Year 13 students produce a portfolio of work (worth 60%) based on an issue or theme of personal interest. The final exam (worth 40%) takes the form of an externally set project which includes a preparation period followed by a 15 hour controlled assessment.
An A-Level in Fine Art or Illustration provides foundation skills for a wide range of careers that involve the visual arts, and for many other occupations. Students in the past have gone on to careers as animators, architects, art therapists, community arts workers, costume designers or design engineers. Other careers in theatre, television or film have also been open to students.