Art and Design

Specific Entry Requirements Art GCSE – C (Students without an art GCSE will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the subject teacher to arrange an interview and bring along some examples of your work.)

Students without an art GCSE will be considered on an individual basis. Please contact the subject teacher to arrange an interview and bring along some examples of your work.

Why study Art & Design? You will have the freedom to work with a wide range of materials and techniques. This gives you the opportunity to find out your strengths and develop your visual skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own creative ideas and, on the whole, will be expected to work on individual projects.

What will I study?

During the AS year you will:

  • Be introduced to a variety of materials and techniques
  • Improve your observational drawing skills
  • Develop your independent thinking skills
  • Create a portfolio of work for exhibition

During the A2 year you will:

  • Write a 3,500 word essay
  • Develop a personal, creative voice
  • Create a portfolio of work for exhibition

How will I be assessed

Both the AS and A2 courses are assessed internally and weighted 60% coursework and 40% exam project. The exam project briefs are given on the 1st February with a timed final piece to be completed in May (AS – 8 hours. A2 – 12 hours).

Where next? ‘Our creative industries are worth more than £36 billion a year and they employ 1.5 million people in the UK.’ [www.gov.uk] Over 50% of South Sefton College art students progress onto furthering their art education at University or FE college.

SSC Experiences The art studio is open for students to work in anytime during the college day. Students are invited to participate in the many and varied trips; Paris, ‘Design Your Future’ UCAS event, Liverpool galleries and events. We are also offer the opportunity to do an Extended Project in partnership with PLACED and/or an Arts Award Qualification.

Case Study

'When I first started South Sefton I was studying Chemistry, I enjoyed the class but realised that it wasn’t for me and so I decided to change to Art as I have always had a passion for it. I really enjoyed my Art A Level as I was able to do something that I was interested in and it also gave me the chance to experiment with different techniques and learn valuable skills that have enabled me to progress into further education.  I decided that after A Levels I wanted to gain more experience and so enrolled onto an Art and Design Foundation course which enabled me to refine the skills that I had learned in A Level.  I am currently studying Design at Liverpool Hope University and returning back to South Sefton to do some work experience as I would like to become an Art teacher and pass on my passion and enthusiasm to others'.
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