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.
The last post for a while. This post is really for prospective students in Years 9, 10 and 11 who have found their way onto these pages wondering whether an art based course is for them. I would hope that after you have heard Esme's story and the stories from other past students on here and @pastoncollegedesign you can look forward with confidence and excitement about what a creative course can offer you. Esme is taking a gap year before heading off to Brighton. Being part of a buzzing, creative environment with other like minded people sounds like a great way of spending a few years. It could also lead to a range of exciting careers. Here is Esme's video and link to a zine she co-created with a friend. @murmur_zine
Enjoy the summer hols and hopefully see you in September.
Good luck to all our Year 13 students on result's day.
Absolutely delighted to let you know that
has just been announced as the UEA Stars of the East BTEC Art and Design Learner of the year award. So pleased for you. Enjoy the summer and I hope you thrive on your Product Design degree course at De Montfort University
@beth_adams_illustration studied A-Level Fine Art here at Paston in 2016. She’s since graduated from a BA in Illustration, and is approaching the end of her MA in Design, both at the University of Lincoln. She’s going on to study a PGCE in Secondary Art and Design Teaching at Sheffield Hallam University next year, and hopes to further her freelance commission work in the meantime.
@michaelwilliamlester studied BTEC art and design. He left in 2010 to study Illustration at Westminster University. Since graduating he has worked at advertising agency @ogilvy in Paris and as a freelance illustrator and animator. He now has his own animation studio @beginners
Michael has been back to Paston to talk to our current students. It is always a pleasure to hear how past students are getting on.
We had a good session in college yesterday discussing plans for Component 1 and getting stuck into drawing. The first 2 are by
The third is by Joel.
Joel has been working hard on his drawing. He felt that maybe he had overworked his drawings. So he gave himself a restricted amount of time to do these 4 drawings. Working with that pressure of time made him really focus and leave out things that were not essential. They look really good. Well done.
It has been great to read what ex Paston students have been up to @pastoncollegedesign
I have got some videos of ex and current students for the Paston College Virtual Open Evening on Wednesday 17th June from 4-7. I thought I'd post some on here as well. We teach art based subjects in spacious studios, take you on exciting foreign trips and try to help you produce impressive portfolios. But our best selling points are the brilliant students both past and present.
abi.harold left Paston in 2018 and is producing some amazing work on her Illustration degree course at Bournemouth.
Listen to her story here. Hopefully, this will help you choose an art based subject with confidence, it could lead somewhere exciting.
Year 1 student Amber has been working hard on her portraits. She wanted to produce a full length study but didn't have any large sheets. She got round this by taping A4 sheets and sticking them to a door. It looks great, well done.
Check out Hollie's entry for #murmur_zine.
Looking forward to seeing this when it all comes together.
Great work Hollie.
Here are a few of the images sent through today, sorry if I have not posted yours. It has been very difficult but these posts reflect very well on you, they prove that there are some cracking artists out there, doing great things and trying their best under testing conditions. I hope you manage to enjoy half term. Keep safe and I look forward to talking with you after the break. If you are struggling with your art then please get in touch.
Tala has been busy on this panoramic landscape painting and Jess has made these lovely portrait studies. Both year 1 students.
Here is some of the year 1 A Level work coming through.
Well done Anwyn, Jorge, Jess N and Jess F.
Jorge is interested in studying Architecture. Each year a number of our students go on to study a range of dynamic and creative courses at university.
Come and join us on an art based course and we could help you get onto the next step in your creative future.
Some good work coming in. Please post your work by 4 today.
First up is BTEC student Jess. She was given chicken wire and mod roc for a sculpture project based on crows. She decided on a different path and pursued her interest in Textiles instead. Here is what she made just before lockdown. She worked with the photography technician to learn about studio lighting. Well done to Tala and Darcy as well.