Art and Design, A Level | Weston College

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September 2019
2 Years
Course code ALADSD1LC

Art and Design, A Level

What will I do on this A Level?

You will have the opportunity to explore exciting traditional and experimental artistic processes and techniques, covering a wide range of skills including drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and 3D, graphics, new media and creative software. You will then be able to specialise in any of these art forms.

You’ll have the opportunity to visit local and national galleries where you will investigate historical and contemporary artists, taking influence from their disciplines and styles to develop your individual responses for your personal project. You will consider how to build context in your work and how to communicate visual language through application of the formal elements of art and design. You will be expected to produce a large amount of work outside of sessions and to show critical contextual understanding through written, visual and other forms.

How will I be assessed?

In your second year, you will complete coursework (60%) and a controlled assignment (40%).

What could I do after this A Level?

This course could lead to a variety of career opportunities in the creative industry or higher education, such as a Contemporary Art FdA at University Centre Weston.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including English and maths, and grade 5 or above in an art based subject.

Course Level

Level 3


Loxton campus

iAn interview is required for this course.

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What Our Students Say

Naomi Race, A Level - Psychology, sociology and English

Naomi Race

“The college has opened up a load of new experiences and enabled me to try new things”

Former school: Broadoak

A Levels: Psychology, sociology and English

What next? Naomi achieved three As and will progress to study English and sociology at Leeds University.

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