A Level Art Tutors

A brief summary of the key entry requirements and elements of the A-level Economics syllabus from the expert tutors at The Profs.

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Why study A Level Art?

A Level Art is the perfect qualification for those pursuing further art study after successful completion of an Art GCSE. A Level Art is a largely practical course, but it does include theoretical writing work. It takes two years to complete an A Level in Art. Students typically study Art A Level alongside two, three or four further A Level subjects.

Art A Level is designed to introduce students to a wide range of creative and technical skills, in addition to studying the history of art and contemporary visual art, both critically through text and through your own supporting contextual practical work. Art A Level usually refers to Fine Art or Art & Design but other courses that fall into the Art A Level category include Graphic Communication, Photography, Textiles or 3-D Design.

Course Content

Most Fine Art or Art & Design A Level courses will cover basic skills such as drawing and painting, whilst your specialism may also involve the learning of other skills including printmaking, photography, sculpture or digital work.

Depending upon the college or institution, many Art A Level courses offer valuable study trips to cities that are home to significant art galleries, such as Madrid, New York, London or Amsterdam. These trips are essential in offering students a deeper understanding of both historical and contemporary art.

Final Assessment

Your final grade will be based upon two pieces of assessed work. The first is a 3000 word written essay combined with a final project piece (practical work). The second is a Timed Test, during which you will have 15 hours to complete a piece based around the theme provided.

What about Art Foundation or AS Level Art?

The alternative to A Level Art is an Art Foundation Diploma. This is one year Level 3 BTEC course which is required by some universities in order to progress to an Art Degree. Some students choose to study A Levels in order to enjoy a greater breadth of subjects and then go on to complete the Art Foundation course, whilst other students simply choose to do one or the other. It’s also possible to complete an Art AS Level (with other subjects) for one year and then progress to the Art Foundation course.

Applying for University

Whilst most students don’t need to think about which university they want to go to until they have started their A Levels, if you are aiming to go on to do a Fine Art Degree, you will need to plan a little earlier. If you have a certain university in mind, check whether they require students to have an Art A Level or an Art Foundation course, so you can make the right decision as to which course to undertake after leaving school.

Remember that is possible to do both, which may mean starting university a year later, but gives you a much better chance of getting accepted onto a course. This allows for a far deeper understanding of the subject matter and a greater development of skills before embarking on the degree.

Art A Level is a demanding but hugely rewarding course. A Fine Art A Level is ideally studied in conjunction with other Art & Design A Levels, such as Sculpture or Photography, but students are usually free to choose up to five A Level subjects from across the board.

Those who want to gain the highest possible grade will benefit from additional tutelage. Profs 1-2-1 tutors can be arranged face-to-face or online and can help you to achieve the A Level Art Grade that you really deserve.

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