Art and Design Faculty

Art and Design is a vibrant faculty at the Academy, with students studying in a number of different creative disciplines.

A Level Art and Design: Fine art (AQA) Requires: Grade C in GCSE Art, Photography or 3D Design

Students will be introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of fine art media, processes and techniques. They will be made aware of both traditional and new media. Students will explore the use of drawing for different purposes, using a variety of methods and media on a variety of scales. Students may use sketchbooks/workbooks/journals to underpin their work where appropriate. Students will explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. Student responses must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.

Assessment Method: There are 2 components completed in Year 1 (AS) and 2 completed in Year 2 (A2). 60% coursework and 40% external component set by AQA.

Career Progression: This specification is an appropriate foundation for further study of art and design or related subjects in higher education. Many students go on to a foundation course at college which is a pathway into higher education. Other students have gone on directly to study architecture, textiles, fashion, advertising and interior design at university.

“This course has allowed me to study a very wide range of media and explore my own ideas, as a result I have created an amazing portfolio which has helped me get into university.”

BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Creative Digital Media Production Edexcel 601/7467/5 (1 A Level)

The content of the qualification relates directly to the skills and understanding needed for further study in creative digital media production and has been developed in consultation with higher education providers. Over three units of mandatory content, students gain a broad understanding of the subject and learn the skills to produce media artefacts. They develop their ability to analyse and deconstruct media images and representations. They learn the communication and planning skills needed to work in teams through vocational media projects. An optional introductory unit in film allows students to create engaging digital media content and platforms.

Assessment Method: 2 Internally set and assessed Assignments – 50% 1 externally set Exam – 25% 1 Externally set Task – 25%

Career Progression: The qualification is intended to carry UCAS points and is recognised by Higher Education providers as contributing to meeting admission requirements for many courses including Media Studies, Journalism, film & TV, Animation and other creative sectors

“Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director…” James Cameron

Further information: Miss Cormack, Head of Art and Design