Key InformationLevel: A Level
Examination Board: WJEC
Subject Leader: Miss Ryder
Entry RequirementsGCSE Grade 5 - Art
Why Choose this course?Are you creative and imaginative? Do you enjoy exploring ideas and looking at things in a different way? Do you enjoy making things? Do you want to create work with meaning? A level Fine Art will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of the visual world, learning practical skills and responding to ideas and issues that are personal to you. Art and Design courses are flexible and stimulate creativity, offering a high degree of choice and a range of different media, processes and techniques.
Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life? Art courses give students the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that they can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in higher education. Creativity isn't only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities such as Illustration, Curating, Make up and Special FX, Architecture, Textile design, Costume and Fashion design, Theatre design, Graphic Design, Tattoo Artist.
Year 12: Sept - April
Personal Creative Enquiry- Development of technical skills and contextual knowledge to meet the requirements of A level.
Year 13: April - May
Personal Investigation (started after Easter in Year 12) - 60% of final mark.
Externally set task - 40% of final mark. Paper is given to students at the beginning of February 2023 and preparation is until - April 2023. Practical exam is 15 hours (split over 3 days) in April 2023.
Course Opportunities/ Activities
We are ideally placed and lucky to have access to a vast amount of top quality museums and art galleries that support your study. Trips we run include gallery visits to the National Gallery and Tate Modern in London and a weekend Art residential trip at the Conway Centre in Anglesey.
Support and Challenge
Students are supported by our open door policy which allows students to work in the department during their free periods. One to one tutorial, focused feedback with task lists and the support of our technical staff ensure that all students are supported to achieve their potential.
We challenge students to excel and have high expectations by ensuring that the wealth of industrial experience that our teachers have, in jobs prior to teaching is shared with the students. In addition we are in contact with past students now working in creative industry or currently studying design subjects at university who regularly come back to the department to share their experiences
At A-Level art you are able to experiment a lot more with different materials you don't get the chance to use at GCSE and you have more freedom about the topics and themes you can explore.
Through the course you are fully supported by staff whilst being able to develop independence skills.
The course is adaptable to suit you and your creative personality.
Art A-Level allows you to express your individual style and creativity in a way that is unique to other subjects.