At A level we offer an unendorsed Art and Design AS and A2. We also offer Photography at AS and A2. Students are encouraged to generate and develop ideas, research primary and contextual sources, record practical and written observations, experiment with media and processes, and refine ideas towards producing personal resolved outcome(s).
Art and Design is an excellent creative pathway to a wide range of practical and academic subjects at degree level. Many of our students progress to a one year Foundation Diploma course and then on to creative degree courses and careers. Others, use the experience of Art & Design to provide a creative balance to their other subjects.
We have approximately seventy students studying at A level and many of our students move on to Art, Design and Photography degree and foundation courses at institutes such as: Chelsea College of Art, Central St Martins, London College of Fashion, Byam Shaw, London College of Communication and Middlesex University.
Students are introduced to a variety of experiences that explore a range of photographic media, techniques and processes and are made aware of both traditional and new technologies. During the course students explore relevant images, artefacts and resources relating to a range of art, craft and design, from the past and from recent times, including European and non-European examples. This should be integral to the investigating and making processes. Students’ responses to these examples must be shown through practical and critical activities that demonstrate their understanding of different styles, genres and traditions.
Photography is connected to every facet of daily life, including television, film, journalism, art, politics, history and music. Exploring the ideas, history, contexts and techniques of visual representation, as well as helping students develop the practical skills they need in modern photography – taking photographs and manipulating these images – will provide valuable training for those who wish to pursue a future in art or the media. Photography also combines well with a huge range of other subjects. Many careers involve some aspect of photography, ranging from journalism and film to radiography and surveying.