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. Students work within broad topics to find their own areas of interest and are encouraged to be inquisitive and passionate.

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
  • Printmaking and mixed media
  • Life Drawing unit
  • Visit to London Galleries

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
  • 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

Grade 5 in GCSE Art

Merit or above in BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Art and Design

If GCSE Art or Technology have 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.

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