A-Level Art Course at Varndean College

 

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Coursework projects allow you to explore your ideas in real depth. You will learn new skills, experiment with materials, develop creatively and investigate the work of other artists in well equipped specialist studios guided by experienced and supportive tutors who are also practising artists. Examples of project titles include ‘Transformations’, and ‘Journeys’. Within these broad themes, students develop personal interests and pursue them with commitment and focus.

As you develop, individual subjects of study are negotiated between student and tutor. In the second half of Year Two, an externally set assignment allows you to demonstrate your ability to record observations, respond to the work of other artists, develop ideas and produce your own work at a high level.

YEAR 1
  • Investigating a range of approaches to drawing.
  • Experimenting with a range of materials.
  • Learning from other artists.
  • Painting in oil or acrylics on a range of surfaces and sizes.
  • Sculptural construction techniques.

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YEAR 2
  • Extending your drawing skills, including working from life
  • In-depth practical and written critical research on a selected artist, movement or theme.
  • Individually negotiated practical projects.
  • Ambitious creative outcomes in two or three dimensions on a range of scales
  • You will show your work in an exhibition in year 2.

“I love the freedom you get with studying Art and have enjoyed being able to develop and explore areas I’m interested in, as well as learning new techniques and applying them to my work.”
ERIN FAIRALL EX PRIORY SCHOOL, LEWES

COURSE ESSENTIALS
COURSES AVAILABLE:

A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Standard advanced course requirements plus
Grade 5 in GCSE Art
OR
Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Art and Design
OR
If GCSE Art has not been taken, suitably qualified students with a good portfolio of work will be considered.

HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED:

60% coursework, 40% externally set assignment

CAREER PATHWAYS

To Foundation courses and specialist Art degrees. Degree courses outside the Art area e.g. History, Politics, Economics and English.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Confident creative project planning and management, visualisation and research, fluent use of visual language, analytical understanding of western and non-western cultures.

OTHER INFORMATION:


You will have access to a wide range of processes, including drawing and painting in oils or acrylics on a range of scales. You can also work in three dimensions in a variety of construction materials.

ENQUIRIES TO:

Amy Dury: amd@varndean.ac.uk