Art & Design
The AS and A2 in Art and Design at gives students the opportunity to explore their ideas through an incredibly broad range of materials, techniques and processes.
Pupils are encouraged to push the boundaries of Art and to take risks with their work within a supportive and nurturing environment.
The work produced is of the highest quality with pupils being ambitious with scale and adventurous with subject matter, informed by the work of other artists and imbedded in the History of Art.
The pupils work with given themes and are encouraged and supported to find the most suitable direction for their work, whether that be through Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, Design or Textiles.
We believe that giving the pupils an opportunity to experience work first hand, at art galleries and museums, listening to artists speaking at conferences, taking part in life drawing classes and being responsible for displaying their own work at our major annual Art Exhibition as being intrinsic to their work and practice.
A high proportion of our students take up places on pre-degree foundation courses and art-related degree courses, with all students who applied last year receiving unconditional offers.
The course is structured as follows:
In the AS year pupils produce one Coursework Unit, a theme set by the Department and one Exam Unit set by the Exam Board. This is mirrored in the A2 year with the only difference being that within their practical Coursework Unit the pupils are also expected to write a 3000 word personal study based on their chosen theme or particular artist of interest and influence.
Coursework and Exam work is assessed by the Department and externally moderated by the Exam Board, with coursework marked as 60% and Exam work as 40%.
Mrs E Burns
Head of Art and Design