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Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: Edexcel/Pearson
Syllabus No:

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Art and Design or a 2 year BTEC Art and Design Diploma at merit or distinction. If you do not have a GCSE or BTEC in an art related subject, please contact the Notre Dame Art Department about potential enrolment.

What will I study?

You will learn fundamental technical skills and study the work of other artists as a basis to build on your own artistic practice and ideas. The course also supports the development of key life skills such as analytical thinking, creative problem solving, risk taking, lateral thinking, confidence building, communication, time management and organisation.

Fine Art coursework portfolio.

Areas of study – students work in one or more areas.

  • Drawing and painting
  • Mixed media including collage and assemblage
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Installation
  • Textiles
  • Printmaking
  • Moving image and photography

Personal investigation – Component one

  • Externally moderated
  • Work journal/sketchbook and final piece(s)

Externally set assignment – Component two

  • Externally moderated
  • Work journal/sketchbook and 15 hour exam piece

What next?

Students from Notre Dame progress to foundation and degree courses at institutions such as; Leeds College of Art, Manchester University, Leeds Metropolitan University, Newcastle University, York University, and Bradford College of Art. In recent years more students have decided to progress from A level directly onto degree courses in a wide range of disciplines. Subject choices vary but have included; architecture, graphic design, fine art, art history, textiles, fashion marketing and photography.

Did you know?

One in eleven jobs in the UK now falls within the creative economy. One in six of all UK graduate jobs are also creative economy positions. The wider creative economy including non-creative sectors such as manufacturing or health, as well as creative and support jobs within the creative industries themselves, totalled 2.8m jobs in 2015. (Creative Industries 2015: Focus on Employment.)

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