Art: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

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The course aims to improve your use of visual expression and give you an understanding of the creative process. At AS Level, the emphasis is placed on the learning and practice of investigative skills.

Course Content

AS Level Art consists of:

  • Coursework portfolio: From a range of starting points or topics, you'll produce a variety of work that will improve your technical skills and contextual knowledge, whilst exploring a range of media and approaches.
  • Controlled assignment: A five-hour exam based on research made during a three-week preparation period. Both exam piece and research are assessed.

A2 Art comprises a specialist project in which you'll produce a variety of visual responses to a set theme, culminating in two finished pieces of work. The investigation includes a related personal study of 1,000-3,000 words.

The course also consists of a controlled assignment: a 15-hour exam based on research made during a minimum of three weeks' preparation. Both the finished piece and the research are assessed.


There are four assessment objectives that are given weighted application to all parts of the course:

  • Visual Recording - objective and imaginative drawing, visual representation of ideas, collection of images and other visual information
  • Critical Thinking - verbal and written discussion and analysis of art works in their historical context
  • Practical Research - development of ideas, experiments with media and materials, and impovement of formal concept usage, including composition and use of colour
  • Personal Development - producing visual and written work which gives a clear, structured response to assigned tasks; you will be expected to explain not just what you have done but why, as well as which artists, designers, and craftspeople have influenced you

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE Art or Design at grade 4
  • You must have an interest in art and design, with a desire to work in the creative industries.
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study on Higher Education courses in art and design, then aim to join the world of advertising as a graphic designer, illustrator, or typographer or become a painter, sculptor, textile or fashion designer, or photographer.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

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College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASOCAD

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