Art & Design
In Art we aim to foster creativity, visual awareness, sensitivity and craftsmanship. We seek to develop students’ visual and tactile skills, and a knowledge and feeling for a broad spectrum of European and world art. The Art department creates a stimulating and motivating environment for students to enjoy the subject. Tasks and projects are varied, covering painting, drawing, print-making, digital imaging, collage and graphic design. The Art course is exciting and flexible. It progresses naturally from the philosophies and approaches adopted at GCSE. We encourage and expect students to pursue personal interests. Art is a subject that encourages individuals to be creative, reflective, communicative and appreciative of the world around them. Starting points deal with students understanding of the artistic formal elements e.g. line, form, shape, texture, balance, rhythm and composition. Students will be encouraged to present their work in a lively and creative manner and produce a final painting or sculpture piece.
It is recommended that students taking the Art & Design AS and A-level should have studied Art at GCSE and achieved a Grade 5/6 or above (or equivalent). Students must have a genuine interest in and a commitment to the subject. Students need to spend considerable time outside formal lessons researching, developing ideas and producing studies. Homework is set weekly. Art may be combined with both Arts and Science subjects.
Where does it lead?
A-level Art is a valued subject as an entrance qualification for UK universities. It is important for those hoping to follow degree courses in either Fine or Applied Arts including courses in painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design including advertising, scientific and technical illustration, information graphics and print technology, three- dimensional design including industrial design, furniture design, ceramics, interior design, theatre design, fashion and textiles, film, photography and television.