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Art & Design

A Level

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Art & Design, A-Level AF-ARDEAL-D(0000)001

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2023-24 (2 years)

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This course focuses on Fine Art skills, but is directly relevant to careers in architecture, illustration, product design, graphic design and fashion. Creativity encourages and promotes independent thinking and can complement more academic studies. Visits to London galleries are offered on this course along with opportunities to experience cultural destinations abroad. Enthusiasm, good drawing ability and the resourcefulness to work independently are important qualities for students to be successful.

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

We recommend a grade 5 in a creative or technical subject at GCSE, although in exceptional circumstances we do consider students without an Art qualification.

At HSDC Alton on the Art & Design A Level you will study:

  • A range of projects that follow a series of thematically based topics, to include “Journey”, “City” and “Portrait”.
  • Workshop sessions will introduce you to a range of materials and techniques, allowing you the freedom to experiment with your own imagery and ideas.
  • In Year 2, you will undertake a Personal Investigation in a specialist area of your own choice where you explore an aspect of Art and Design that interests you, this will involve producing sketchbooks and outcomes. The Personal Investigation will be supported with an essay (maximum 3000 words).

Explorative sketchbook work will prepare you for the externally set task with a topic set by the exam board.  This component is followed from February of your second year culminating in a 15-hour timed period to produce your outcome.

Lesson activities include plenty of time to develop your ideas and imagery with guidance from tutors, alongside workshop sessions where new skills are developed and critical discussion of students' and artists' work. You are encouraged to work in a range of media such as drawing, painting, collage, digital, 3D and printmaking. Art is directly relevant to a wide range of careers from architect to tattooist. The creative and independent way of thinking art encourages is valuable in all walks of life.

60% personal investigation and 40% externally set task.

The externally set task includes a 15-hour practical controlled exam.

Printing and art materials approximately £15 - £20/term. Optional trips from £15 each. There is an annual overseas Creative Visual Arts department trip.

My courses were all especially interesting, I thoroughly enjoyed all of them. All of my lecturers were extremely knowledgeable and I have learnt a lot from them.

Lottie Warren, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook

"I am delighted with my results and am really looking forward to studying Law at Oxford University. I really enjoyed my time at HSDC Alton and I really appreciate all the help and support from my fantastic teachers, without whom I wouldn't have got my place at Oxford."

Catherine Goldie, HSDC Alton A Level Student