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“I particularly like how in A Level Art in the first year you experiment with new techniques and ways of making art, which broadens your artistic ability.”

Art A Level Student

This course allows you to develop a personal, imaginative, creative portfolio of highly skilled, multidisciplinary work. With an open mind you will develop powers of observation, skills of visual communication, experiment with ideas, explore new techniques and use a wide range of media.

We cover Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media, Installation, Printmaking and Fibre arts.

Set within our purpose built Art Studio, you are encouraged to develop your work in unique directions to create your practical Art work. Visiting Artists, trips to galleries, life drawing enrichment, competitions and live brief opportunities help you to create work to a high standard, setting your portfolio apart from others when you apply for an Apprenticeship, University or Art College.

Click here to view our Visual Arts Showcase 2020.

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language or Literature.

If you have not studied a GCSE in a creative subject you will need to submit a portfolio of work to the Course Manager.

A Level Art student’s work

What other activities do you do with Art?

We run regular visits to London, Bath and Bristol galleries and museums. There is an annual residential trip to Europe, previous visits have included Berlin, Paris and Florence, and we offer artist led workshops. We also offer a weekly life drawing class.

How is the course assessed?

There are two distinct units of work, which are assessed in sketchbooks and in a portfolio throughout the course. Unit 1 is based on practical and theoretical coursework. This is the ‘Personal Investigation’ and a ‘Related Study’ = 60% of marks. Unit 2 is coursework based and culminates in a timed 15 hour practical assessment at the end of your second year. This is the ‘External Assignment’ = 40% of marks.

I’ve been on a few trips to Hestercombe with my class where we took pictures, drew and did a lot of art activities. We all had a lot of fun there and even got cake at the end! I chose to do Art because I wanted to progress my artistic skills and get better at weaker areas and College has massively helped me with this. Before, I wasn’t too great at doing printing, but since I’ve been at Huish I’ve progressed greatly in this area and produced work I’m very proud of. If you’re thinking to progress your Art and get better at it in some areas, Richard Huish College helps a lot with this so I recommend this place!

Henry Atkinson Body, Art Student

On this course you will study the following topics:

  • Drawing
  • Critical Studies: The Study of Historic and Contemporary Artists and Designers.
  • Print Making
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Installation
  • Textiles
  • Mixed Media