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Art and Design: Critical and Contextual Studies

Entry Requirements:
At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-4 or A*-C including English at grade C/4 or above and preferably an Art based subject but this is not essential.

Why Should You Take This Course?
Critical and Contextual Studies is an option which students can take after completion of their first year of Fine Art. It is closely linked and taught alongside A Level Fine Art and offers those students who prefer a more in depth written and critical approach to the subject this opportunity to study the development of Art and Design in its many changing forms through both practical and written assignments. The emphasis of the course is on evaluating and interpreting works of art in their social and historical context.


Course Content:
The course will enable you to develop your practical and theoretical understanding through visual analysis, interpretation and written critical investigation. This will include investigation into historical and contemporary practice and a range of genres such as portraiture and the human form, architecture and the environment, social and political issues, narrative and symbolism. You will also be encouraged to acquire first-hand knowledge of key pieces of work in galleries, exhibitions and the designed environment. The emphasis of this course will be on developing and extending existing knowledge and skills. You will be encouraged to develop a more independent approach to the subject demonstrating continued critical understanding, supported by integrated written engagement with the works of artists and designers to inform and develop work which has a personal significance into a major in-depth, practical or written theoretical investigation.

Are there any special expenses?
You will be asked to provide basic materials such as pencils, paintbrushes and sketchbooks as well as a contribution toward the cost of specialist or large quantities of materials you may choose for your projects. Some trips such as visits to museums and galleries are compulsory.

What could I do next?
The course will prepare you for further study at Foundation Diploma, HND/Degree level. There is a wealth of diverse careers in the Creative Industries which include practical fine art and design making, to teaching, gallery administration, journalism, architecture, art direction, film, television, curating and restoration.

How will I be assessed?
Component 1: Personal Investigation (60%)
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment
(15 hours): (40%)


How to apply for this course

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2018-2019 ENTRY: Download an Application Form to fill in and post