A level

SUBJECTS
We currently offer five endorsements within A level Art & Design. Each option has its own specific areas of study but all options are incredibly diverse and generously overlap one another allowing students the freedom to investigate their own areas of skill and interest.
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FINE ART
Painting and drawing, mixed media, sculpture, land art, installation, printmaking, film,television, animation, video, photography: lens-based and/or light-based media and new media.
Exploring different approaches to recording images, such as observation, analysis, expression and imagination students develop an understanding of the conventions of  figurative/representational and abstract/non-representational imagery or genres. Students are encouraged to experiment with a number of practical techniques such as using underpainting, glazing, wash and impasto; modelling,carving, casting, constructing, assembling and welding; etching, engraving, drypoint, mono printing, lino printing, screen printing, photo silkscreen and lithography. Formal elements such as pictorial space, composition, rhythm, scale and structure as well as the appreciation of colour, tone, texture, shape and form are also investigated.
Supporting subjects: History of Art, Sociology, Philosophy and any of the other Art & Design endorsements.
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GRAPHIC COMMUNICATION
Illustration, advertising, packaging design, design for print, typography,communication and computer graphics, multimedia, animation, web design, film, television and/or video.
Students explore elements of visual language and a variety of materials and genres by responding to an issue, concept or idea, working to a brief or answering a need. By understanding meaning, function, style, scale, colour and content students build an appreciation of the appropriate use of imagery, typography, signs and symbols. There is also an appreciation of the relationship of form and function, presentation and layout and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief and an awareness of intended audience or purpose.
Supporting subjects: Media, Sociology, English, IT and any of the other Art & Design endorsements.
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Portraiture, landscape photography, still-life photography, documentary photography, photo journalism, experimental imagery, photographic installation, video, television and film.
Students will explore, line, form, colour, pattern and texture in the context of Photography by responding to an issue, theme, concept or idea or work to a brief or answer a need. By showing an appreciation of viewpoint, composition, depth of field and movement; time-based, through such techniques as sequence or ‘frozen moment’ students will investigate use of the camera, film, lenses, filters and lighting for work in their chosen area of Photography. With this students will develop understanding of techniques related to the developing and printing of photographic images, presentation and layout.
Supporting subjects: Film, Media, Physics and any of the other Art & Design endorsements.
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TEXTILE DESIGN
Fashion, printed and/or dyed fabric and materials, domestic textiles and wallpaper,interior design, constructed textiles, textile installation.
Students investigate a variety of textile methods such as fabric printing (mono-printing, relief printing and/or screen printing), tie-dye, batik, spraying, transfer and fabric construction and stitching (appliqué, patchwork, padding, quilting and/or embroidery). With this students develop an awareness of the elements of Textile Design, such as shape, colour, texture, pattern, harmony, contrast and/or repetition and look at the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, the constraints of working to a brief.
Supporting subjects: Media, Drama, Chemistry and any of the other Art & Design endorsements.
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THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN
Ceramics, sculpture, jewellery/body ornament, exhibition design, design for theatre, television, film, interior design, product design, environmental design and architectural design.
Students investigate the relationship of form and function and, where applicable, respond to a concept, work to a brief, theme, topic or answer a need using a variety of working methods such as model-making, constructing and assembling. Developing an appreciation of solid, void, form, shape, texture, colour, decoration, surface treatment, scale, proportion, rhythm and movement in their chosen media students use of a variety of appropriate tools and equipment increasing awareness of the relationship between Three-Dimensional Design and urban, rural and other settings.
Supporting subjects: Drama, Chemistry and any of the other Art & Design endorsements.

 

Click here for more information on the structure of our intensive one year and regular two year A level courses.

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