This course will give you an opportunity to develop your creative abilities and to work with a very wide variety of media and techniques.
In addition to experimenting with a whole range of drawing and painting materials. This will also include printmaking, collage, photography, 3D and mixed media.
You will also learn by looking at the work of a number of modern and contemporary artists and will gain the confidence to analyse and understand their ideas and techniques and to use this knowledge to develop your own work.
Visits to exhibitions are arranged as part of the course.
To begin with coursework projects are teacher directed but as the course progresses, you will increasingly become a more independent learner and develop work based on your own interests and ideas.
5 GCSEs at A* - C. Must include English Language, Mathematics and an art-related subject. Attendance at an A Level information event.
All the practical coursework is assessed. There is a project, with a theme set by the exam board, ending with the production of a final (exam) piece of work. All work is assessed by your tutors and by a visiting examiner.
Students who decide to specialise in Art and Design can apply to the BTEC (18+) Foundation Art and Design course at Hillsborough College. This course is a 1 year full-time course from which you can progress to an Art and Design degree course.
In some cases you are able to progress straight to a university degree course in Art & Design after A levels.
Will this subject suit me?
An ideal student for this course would be one who is willing to experiment with new ideas, materials and techniques and who is really interested, not only in developing their own work but in looking at that of other artists.
Personal study time:
Although some students like to purchase some of their own materials (particularly for use at home) most materials/equipment are provided in College. A Level Art students are asked to pay a £15 studio fee at the start of the year to contribute towards this. You will also need a hard backed A3 sketchbook (approx £12) and to pay for trips/visits (approx £30 for the first year and approx £40 for the second year).