Art & Design

A Level

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Availability & Details

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

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
Full-Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
Edexcel

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Overview

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 which will introduce you to a range of materials and techniques, allowing you the freedom to experiment with your own imagery and ideas.
  • In your 2nd year, you will undertake a Personal Investigation in a specialist area of 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 to 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 delivered and critical discussion of student’s  and artist’s 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.


I got into both of the universities I wanted to. It happens so fast and it’s an amazing feeling when you think that all of the work you’ve done has paid off in the best way possible.

Anton Sukhorukov, A Level student

There are lots of people at the college, each studying a diverse range of courses, people from all different areas come to study here, it creates a sense of community, there is a huge social aspect to college life across all courses.

Lee Backhouse, BTEC student

College is definitely worth all the effort you put in, you get to meet lots of different people and it’s amazing.

Ebony Puttock, A Level student