A-Level Art & Design
- Start date(s):
- 31 Aug 2020
- 2 years
- Level 3
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- Awarded by:
- AQA (Assessment & Qualifications Alliance)
- Framwellgate Moor Campus
- Course costs:
- Currently unavailable
This exciting course places an emphasis on your ability to research, develop and work through a range of ideas in order to find solutions that are sensitive and appropriate to the theme. This will involve exploring other artists’ work as well as making visual and written inquiries.
You will also develop your artistic skills and gain confidence in your own creativity. You will explore different techniques, processes and materials, show an understanding of the formal elements and how they can be used to explore ideas and concepts, show evidence of independence and develop an ability to resolve problems and put work in context.
This course provides you with the opportunity to study a variety of exciting specialist art and design units. You will work with a wide range of intricate techniques and processes to develop innovative ideas and concepts for visual communication.
This course offers you the opportunity to develop your skills in a specialism within graphic design, and collect evidence for your portfolio.
New College Durham Sixth Form welcomed Norwegian students from Elvebakken School in Oslo to study A-Levels.
Our Norwegian and Sixth Form students embraced Christmas traditions during their end of term party.
Students and staff from our Sixth Form Centre celebrated a 100% pass rate in 16 subjects.
A-Level students visited Durham University as part of Welcome Week.
The Sixth Form A2 students attended the Teesside University Open Day.
Our Sixth Form students visited Durham University to learn about the opportunities available through higher education.
Students attended the UCAS Higher Education Convention at Teesside University.
12 of our AS students attended an Oxbridge student conference.
Students raise a fantastic £482.69 for Comic Relief.
Students took part in fun and interactive activities designed to inspire an interest in politics.
The college has received an impressive set of A-Level results enabling students to be accepted onto top university courses.
New College Durham students have been celebrating an 97.9% pass rate.
Twenty four students from Elvebakken College, Oslo, will be spending the following academic year studying with us.
- To develop the skills and understanding required to progress to higher education or within the creative industry
- To explore appropriate materials, processes and techniques with purpose
- To develop and demonstrate understanding of the language of Art and Design.
Component 1 – Portfolio
- Must include at least one extended personal project
- Portfolios may include an introductory project
- Carefully selected additional work may be included
- Portfolios should provide evidence of the development of skills, knowledge and understanding.
Component 2 - Exam
Question papers provide a range of starting points.
- 10-hour period of supervised time at the end of the course.
- Preparatory work must be completed by the first session.
- In the 10-hour period you must produce finished work.
- Work produced in the 10-hour period must be clearly identified.
Component 1 - Personal Investigation
- A practical unit supported by written material
- The Personal Investigation must lead to finished work
- Coherent, in-depth study
- You should demonstrate understanding of the AOs.
- Critical/contextual work
- Selection of appropriate contextual material is important
- Contextual material can inform your work in a variety of ways
- Contextual material can help you to consider different approaches.
Component 1 – Written element
- 1000–3000 words of continuous prose
- You should make clear connections between practical and written work
- Written material can be presented in a variety of ways
- A bibliography must be included.
Component 2 - Exam
Separate papers for each Title
- Papers include eight questions which provide a broad range of starting points
- The 15-hour period should be used to produce finished work
- Work produced in the 15 hours must be identified.
Average number of hours per week
Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.
Teaching & assessment
You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given.
You will sit monthly in-class assessments, for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year which will help you track your progress.
Terminal assessments will be through both portfolio work and written exams.
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
Work placements are an important part of the programme and you will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.
This A-Level, in combination with other subjects, could enable you to apply for degree courses in Architecture, or Art and Design.
Meet our students
Having achieved A grades in Art and English Literature and B grades in History and Pscology at New College Durham in 2013, Paige is currently studying for a BA (Hons) in English Literature at Newcastle University.
Jennifer originally chose the wrong subjects when she first left school to do A-Levels, so decided to restart the year at New College Durham. As part of extra-curricular activities, Jennifer is part of the student ambassador team
Heather progressed to Durham University and is now working towards a Biology Master’s degree.
Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.
16-18 - Free (UK & EEA)
19-23 - Free/£1,112
24+ - £1,112
If you are 19-23 and do not hold a Level 3 qualification you may be able to study for free.
Find out more about course fees and financial support for UK, EU and non-EU students, plus how to pay your fees.
View our refund policy for further and higher education programmes (page 2) and full cost courses.
You will be invited into the College for an interview with one of our lecturers. You will also have the opportunity to take a tour of the College.
Find out more information about your college interview.
You will hold at least five GCSEs at grade C (4) or above, including maths and English. It is expected that if one of your GCSEs is in art, you will hold a grade C (4).