Art: Critical and Contextual Studies involves short projects on subjects such as the function of art, curation, autobiography and art, beauty, the representation of women and modern architecture. Expanding upon these starting points you will research your own areas of interest, producing essays and a practical outcome.
You can choose to work in ways which suit your skills and interests; for example, producing an illustrated gallery guide, scripts, architectural models, films, photography and painting. The course will extend your knowledge of art and design across all disciplines, and develop your critical thinking skills.
Topics covered can include:
You will need:
If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8. All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
When applying for an A Level programme at City and Islington, please refer to the general entry requirements on our A Level Courses page as well as the subject-specific details listed above.
Assessment is a mixture of coursework (60%) and an externally set assignment (40%).
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31st August prior to the start date of your course and you have the legal right to remain in the UK for the duration of your programme then your study with us will be free. Please see here for the documents you will need to show us.
Some courses will have other associated costs, such as for specialist materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support, see here for details.
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.
Click here to see some of the teachers that teach A Levels at the college