Art & Design (Art) GCE A Level
- September 2020, Full Time
You will build on your existing skills to develop new skills through the process of research and experimentation. The course encourages you to reflect upon and question how to think about and make art.
At the end of the course you get to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting. Trips and visits play an important part in the course. Previous trips have included visits to the Tate Modern, The Royal Academy, Amsterdam and Belin.
In your first year you will keep a work journal (sketchbook), develop ideas and analyse the work of a wide range of artists. This course explores painting, printmaking, sculpture and experimental image making, using non-art materials and research into the work of artists geared towards helping you arrive at a finished piece of work that can be hung in an exhibition. You will be taught core fine art skills including life drawing and receive encouragement and support to develop your own areas of interest.
The A Level Art course is designed to help you strengthen and deepen your own area of interest and specialism and build on the skills and knowledge you developed in year 1. The work you do reflects your own interests and what you want to go on to study after A Level, be this architecture, fashion, textiles, fine art and much besides. Strong features of the course include portfolio preparation, helping students make applications, regular visits to art galleries in London and Europe and preparing for the prestigious Paston Art Show. Please follow us on Instagram @pastonart and the behance link https://www.behance.net/pastoncollege to get a better idea of what sort of work we make and the exciting trips we go on.
Why Our College?
Exhibit your work
You'll have the opportunity to exhibit your work in the Paston Art Show in a professional gallery setting
Trips and Visits
You'll visit exciting exhibitions and locations to expand your knowledge, previous visits have included Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Berlin.
Learn from industry experts
Our teaching staff are experts within their field, with broad teaching experience
3 A Level Programme
Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry to an A Level programme.
You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.
4 A Level / A+ Programme
This programme is only available to students who achieve a minimum of 3 GCSEs at grade 8/A* plus 5 at grade 7/A and a minimum of grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.
Additional entry requirements for this course: Grade 5 in Art at GCSE.
If you did not take Art at GCSE you must have a portfolio approved at interview.
You will develop your personal visual language and your own areas of interest, whether in painting, sculpture, drawing, architecture or printmaking, through independent study and tutorials. Research an aspect of Art of your choice, for example last year a student researched how artists have responded to conflict and war with reference to Simon Norfolk and Otto Dix. Develop a portfolio of work for display in Paston Art Show - your end of year exhibition - and for use in interviews for university or art college.
Component 1: Personal Investigation. 60% of total qualification.
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment. 40% of total qualification. This incorporates 2 elements; preparatory studies and the 15 hour period of sustained focus (A finished piece of work completed under examination conditions).
Many students each year go directly on from Paston College to university or art school all over the UK to continue their study of art. Those who wish to do so locally benefit from our Progression Accord with Norwich University of the Arts.
Many students go directly onto an art related degree course across the country, other students go directly into an art related employment. Ex- students are currently working as architects, graphic designers, illustrators, fashion designers, teachers and shoe designers. One ex- student is currently studying for his MFA in New York.
If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop.
At Paston we are constantly trying to come up with new ideas for making images. Ellie has created these spore prints by picking mushrooms from the roadside. She has scanned these images and has started to edit them on Photoshop.
Each week art students create 4 pages of practical experimentation and development. This creates a momentum and energy where exciting work begins to emerge.
Thank you Thom Rollett #nua .
For the past 8 years Thom has been coming in to talk to our students about the excellent Norwich University of the Arts. Exciting futures in the creative industries. Many thanks.
Busy experimenting with screen prints.
New developments. Creating contrast by having passages of quiet and softness set against passages of intensity and sharp lines.
Paston College Taster Day is on 19th October 2020. Go to our website to sign up. We offer courses in BTEC Art and Design and A Levels in Fine Art, Graphic Communication, Photography and Textiles. Come along to take part in exciting practical sessions. Our students have gone on to study Architecture, Graphic Design, Fashion Design and Photography.
Good luck to all our ex-students heading off to University. This painting was done by a BTEC Art student heading off to Nottingham Trent University to study Fine Art.