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Art, Craft & Design A-level

Level:
Level 3 A-levels
Course Code:
FTB003
Location:
North Devon Campus
Duration:
Two years


This diverse and highly creative Art, Craft & Design course will develop your independence and enthusiasm in art, craft and design. You will work across a broad variety of practical areas in both 2D and 3D, and explore both design and expressive disciplines. You will explore the concepts behind your work through research, creative thinking and by developing your own ideas.

The trip to London really opened my eyes to the range of art & design work out there. I found it really inspirational. We had a great time & it really inspired me to get stuck in to my own work. - Former student.

FAQs  

You will explore the ideas and concepts behind your work through research, creative thinking and the development of your ideas and final outcomes. You will be encouraged to produce individual solutions to set briefs, so your work can progress in a direction of your own choice which may be traditional art processes or more design-based activities such as, fashion, textiles, millinery, footwear, jewellery, product design, furniture, architecture, graphic design, film and photography.

This is a modular programme made up of themed coursework units followed by externally set assignments, including a timed piece of work. You will be introduced to many new ways of working and thinking about art, craft and design, and then encouraged to work individually to evolve your own solutions to a brief through discussion, research, experimentation and exploration.

Each year there will be the opportunity to take part in an educational visit to galleries and exhibitions; these visits are a really valuable and enjoyable great experience that past students have found invaluable in extending their studies.
Your work will be assessed using national assessment objectives which will be carefully explained. You will also assess your own work so that you understand exactly what kind of evidence you have to provide and how to improve your work. This includes recording your observations, experiences and ideas appropriate to your intentions; critically analysing and evaluating images and texts, showing your understanding; developing your ideas through sustained investigations and presenting a personal response. You will be given regular feedback about how you are progressing, and the opportunity to discuss and improve your work.
To be accepted onto a two-year Level 3 programme, all entrants must hold at least a grade 4 in GCSE Maths and a grade 4 in GCSE English, as well as at least three other GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above. Certain subjects require a minimum of GCSE grade 6.

It is advisable to have a grade 4 or above in a creative GCSE – Art, Graphics, Textiles, Photography, Resistant Materials, CDT etc.
If you did not take a creative GCSE, a portfolio of relevant work can be show at interview, or e-mailed to claire.scott@petroc.ac.uk

Please bring along a portfolio of your own creative work to interview.
Studying Art, Craft and Design A-level will allow you to gain knowledge of and explore the fundamental principles of art and design language and visual problem solving, that can then be applied to any visual career from architecture or interior design, to jewellery making, and from community artist or fashion forecaster to an illustrator, and many, many more potential careers.

Many students will choose to progress to the Diploma in Foundation Studies in Art and Design but some will go directly on to a specialist degree course in art and design, either at Petroc or elsewhere.
Our spacious, creativity-inspiring art studios allow each student to have a dedicated personal work area. In addition, we have specialist workshops and facilities to support a variety of media. These include: A print area, photography studio, iMac computers suite with industry-standard software for graphics, image making, film and animation.

Those specialising in fashion and textiles have access to industrial and domestic sewing machines, mannequins, print and constructed textiles.

3D design is also enabled through wood working machinery, ceramics, glass and metal working facilities.

Learning Technologies and Library Services offer relaxed, quiet and comfortable places to study. You will find a variety of private and group study spaces on campus and multiple computers that can be pre-booked. The college WiFi also allows you to bring your own devices to use.

There are always friendly members of staff on hand to help you find information to assist your study, and you can borrow items including books, journals and media equipment in the Library.
You will need to bring an A3 hardbacked sketchbook, bound along the longside (available at the college shop) and a range of basic drawing equipment.
There will be a £40 studio fee to cover the cost of basic materials & equipment. More specialist materials will need to be provided on an individual basis.
If you require any further information about this course, please contact dasadmin@petroc.ac.uk
Q: Do I need to be good at drawing?
A: Not necessarily, the course will teach you how to improve your drawing skills. You just need to be keen & open minded, prepared to try new things and take risks with your work.

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