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Art & Design

Creativity takes courage.

Henri Matisse





If you have the courage to follow a creative path, A Level Art at Forge Valley is the ideal stepping stone to a degree or further education study within this exciting industry.

Do you enjoy visiting art galleries? Working with a range of new media and techniques? Exploring new artists and craftspeople to influence your own practice? If so, A Level Art will allow you to develop as a creative, supporting your future in creative arts.

We offer opportunities to visit Art Galleries within the UK and a trip to Paris in Year 12.

Destinations and Future Career Opportunities

Consider the world you live in. So much has been through the hands of someone trained in one of the numerous areas of Art and Design. Whether it's Architecture, Fashion, Product Design, Interiors, Textile Design, Theatre and Stage, Make-up, Advertising, Graphics or film, the list is long and growing and needs courageous new talent to develop the creative future.

What are the entry requirements?

Five or more GCSEs Grade 9-4 or equivalent, including English. Minimum of Grade 4 in Art.

What will I study?

A Level Art is based around developing skills learnt at GCSE and applying these at a higher level. You can work to your strengths whilst also developing new skills and techniques.

You will create an individual and unique portfolio, showcasing a selection of thoughtfully presented
artwork that demonstrates the extensive range of research, development, outcomes and techniques applied throughout the course. This should also demonstrate your ability to sustain work from an initial starting point to realisation. 

Techniques and skills include, but are not limited to;

  • Drawing in a range of media,
  • Batik,
  • Felt making,
  • Etching,
  • Clay,
  • Wire,
  • Plaster casting.

We will also support any techniques that students may research outside of the course.

How will I be assessed?

Year 12 - One unit of sustained work throughout the year and a trail exam based on the coursework.

Year 13 - One non exam assessment project, including a written journal of 1000 words (60%) and one controlled exam project at the end of the year (40%).