Sixth Form Art
Asking ‘what do you like about art?’ is like asking ‘what do you like about life?’
Ms Holland (Teacher of Art)
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Entry Requirements: 8 or more GCSEs at grades A*–C including a minimum grade B in Art and Design or equivalent. A portfolio of work will also need to be seen.
Art, Craft and Design develops a visual form of communication and expression that is equal in its importance to literacy and numeracy. It is an important part of the development of young people’s creativity. The course is an exciting opportunity to explore a range of Art and Design processes through a number of themed and personalised projects. From fine art painting and sculpture to photography and Photoshop illustration, students will learn new skills and techniques alongside refining those gained at GCSE. Students will broaden their foundation skills in drawing, painting and 3D model making. These skills, alongside graphic software and critical and contextual studies, will allow learners to develop exciting personal projects that will see the progression of ideas from initial thoughts to an individual and artistic outcome. Additionally, students will have the opportunity to visit a range of exhibitions and galleries, enter work into national competitions, as well as explore a range of artists, both historical and contemporary, from a varied scope of cultures and backgrounds.
A career that uses your artistic and creative skills doesn’t mean you have to wear a beret and freeze in an attic studio (although that is always an option), art and design can be used in a range of jobs.
- Communication (for example, advertising art director, illustrator, art therapist)
- Film & Photography (for example, VFX artist, photographer, animation artist)
- Sales & Marketing (for example, art dealer, auctioneer, retail, brand strategist)
- Graphic Design (for example, packaging designer, web designer)
- Product Design (for example automobile designer, furniture designer, model maker)
- Fashion & Textiles (for example costume designer, hat maker, footwear designer)
- Built Environment (for example, architect, landscape designer, interior designer)
- Fine Art (for example, curator, lecturer, painter, sculptor)
- Practical (for example, restorer, jeweller, tattoo artist, decorator)
Entry & Training
As with many sectors where there is a huge variety of jobs on offer, it’s not easy to summarise the entry routes. A Foundation Diploma in Art & Design is a useful starting point for many of the roles. This one year course (currently free, with no tuition fees) allows students to find out more about where their interests and talents lie, before they continue onto a more specialised degree course. You don’t get a student loan for foundation, so most students live at home and go to a local course.
Living in London, we have a real competitive advantage with excellent foundation diplomas available at:
- University of the Arts London (known as UAL, a group of art schools including Central St Martins, London College of Communications and Camberwell)
- Prince’s Drawing School
- A range of other colleges throughout London
Application for foundation or degree is by portfolio – a collection of your best work – as well as personal statement and reference. Top universities for a degree in Art & Design include:
- UAL Arts University
- Alternative routes include entry level roles with training on the job, apprenticeships and traineeships.