Section 1 (Year 1): Students will complete a carousel around Graphic Design, Fashion, Photography, Fine Art & Printed Textiles. Within these areas students will build up a portfolio of work for mandatory and optional units. Alongside the carousel, students will develop their analytical and contextual understanding in preparation for an external-set task at the end of Year 1.
Section 2 (Year 2): Students will choose which area they want to specialise in within the Art & Design disciplines:
Each unit of work from this point will culminate in a final major project that will be exhibited at the end of year 2. There is an external set unit that will be marked by the exam board.
Throughout the two years students will also learn about historical and contemporary artists and movements that will lead to a unit of work entitled ‘Contextual Influences in Art and Design’. This unit of work is crucial for students to understand different Art movements and how to structure essays on a chosen subject.
The course is designed for young people to experiment, gain confidence, flourish, excel and be ready for the next phase whether it be University, work placements or apprenticeships.
Students applying must have a minimum of 5 GCSEs at C grades with English and Maths. As of 2017, this will include at least a grade 4 (old Grade Cs) in English Language OR Literature as well as Maths. A grade ‘C’ in a GCSE Art-based/creative subject, or level 2 equivalent, would be advantageous for showing your ability to cope with the Level 3 study specialism. Upon gaining an interview for the Art & Design course you must bring with you a Portfolio of work.
One of the biggest advantages of the Studio School is every department has unlimited access to all of the resources on offer. Each department does, however, specialise in an array of core resources. This enables students to get the most out of the resources closest to their chosen subject
The Art department’s core resources are:
Learners will be benefit from a wide range of trips and enrichment. Some units of work will need students to source primary images so trips to museums and galleries are prominent throughout the two years. Previous trips have included:
Art & Design will introduce you to businesses. Syngenta is a regular client for our students and sometimes the work is even paid! Students are expected to deliver work in the same way required by industry.
Using the Studio School’s industry standard, technical equipment and fashion spaces, you’re Learning Coach will assess you in the following ways:
Assessment is broken down to three sections:
Throughout the course you will be given a grade prediction based on your internally assessed work.
Maybe you have a question about the different range of units you can study? Or maybe you want a bit more info on the resources? Whatever your question, the Tutors are more than happy to answer any that you have. Get in touch and we’ll get back to you with all the answers.