Students following this course will be encouraged and supported in developing their practical art skills which allow them to creatively explore and respond to their personal experience through their artwork. They will be guided in producing practical and critical/contextual work in areas including drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, printmaking and digital media. There will be an integrated approach to practical work and critical investigation with students required to independently research, develop ideas and link their work in a meaningful way to the artists and styles of art that they study. The art department provides many of the basic materials for the course; students are required to purchase sketchbooks, pencils, paints and brushes and other additional materials (canvas, wire) as appropriate. Visits will be organised to museums, galleries and exhibitions. Independent practical work is required and art students have access to the art studio at any time during sixth form opening hours.
A grade 5 in GCSE Art/Textiles or Graphics is normally required. If a relevant GCSE has not been taken, students may be admitted via a portfolio of work that demonstrates an appropriate level of skill and commitment.