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 crtiical thinking skills.
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You will need: Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language Grade 6 or above in one other written subject, such as History, Geography, Humanities, English Literature, Business, Media Studies, Religious Studies, Drama and Film Studies Three further GCSEs at grade 4 or aboveIf 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.
Assessment is a mixture of coursework (60%) and an externally set assignment (40%).
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
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.