This dynamic and reflective two year course enables pupils to develop their ideas and skills in a wide range of media including painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography (both analogue and digital), ceramics, installation, film and video. There is much emphasis on experimentation and discussion of ideas, underpinned by drawing from observation which is seen as the backbone to this course. Weekly life classes teach pupils to engage with essential elements of composition, proportion, spatial awareness and three-dimensional form. Throughout pupils learn to contextualise their own work through studying the methodologies and practice of other artists. There are visits to galleries and museums, both locally and internationally. The ongoing workbook is integral as is work created outside the workbook.
Pupils must have attained at least a B or A grade at GCSE level. Excellent drawing skills coupled with a willingness to experiment are very important. Commitment, imagination, determination and the ability to work independently are also pre-requisites of the course. Many pupils take both Art and the History of Art or Textiles or Photography at A Level with a view to undertaking a further course of Art related study.
The potential careers in Art and Design are many and varied including: fine art (painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, printmaking, photography, filmmaking and installation), graphic design (illustration, product design, advertising, publishing), theatre, television and film (set design, computer graphics including animation, costume design, film/video director), art advisor, web design, fashion design (textiles and couture), architecture, museums and galleries, picture restoration and conservation, art history and criticism, teaching and lecturing.