Why study art?

Studying art is challenging and satisfying. It helps you to develop the ability to convey ideas and feelings expressively, to appreciate the visual world and respond to it in a personal and creative way. It encourages investigation and experimentation, and knowledge of materials, technology and artists.

What will I learn about?

Students will be required to engage with:
• a range of materials and tools for making fine art, including digital media
• ways to communicate ideas and feelings through the organisation of materials and the formal elements
• concepts such as figuration, representation and abstraction
• various forms of presentation and the ways that audiences may respond to or interact with them
• the appropriate application of their chosen media and the ability to realise ideas through the techniques employed
• sustainable materials and production processes in the construction of work
• collaborative working methodologies in the creative process
• historical and contemporary themes and sources within the context of the chosen disciplines

How will I be assessed?

• Studio work
• Exhibition
• Presentations
• Written assessment

Future pathways and careers

• Artist or illustrator
• Design
• Teaching or lecturing
• Museum or gallery curator
• Art therapist

Course level

A Level and AS

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in art. If a student has not studied art at GCSE, they will need to provide a portfolio of work for art teachers to assess their suitability for the course.

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