What is A-Level Art?

The Art A level at d’Overbroeck’s is a creative but demanding course. Involving both practical work and critical appreciation, the A level is one that is well respected by universities in the UK and abroad.

At d’Overbroeck’s Sixth Form, we have a dynamic and individual-centred approach to Art A level – one that emphasises flexibility and creativity. Although technique is a vital element of the course, we are above all interested in allowing you to develop your own artistic style and opinions – your own voice.

What you'll do

First Year

In the first term we run an introductory course, exploring practical and theoretical aspects of art, developing practical and critical skills; in the second term and third terms students work on an exam project.

Second Year

Students research and develop work for a coursework project of their choice; in the second and third terms students work on their final exam project.

Whom does this subject suit?

If you are already aiming to apply to Art school or work as an artist, designer or architect, you are likely already to be interested in – and suited to – Art A level. You will find that the course offers plenty of opportunities to hone your skills and develop as an artist.

The course is not, however, solely suitable for aspiring career artists; it could make an excellent addition to your A level programme, whatever your ambitions may be. Art may broaden the scope of an otherwise primarily essay-based or scientific selection of subjects.

Your Art GCSE grade is probably the best indication of your ability to pursue the A level – but we may also take students on the strength of their ability to demonstrate an interest in art & design and motivation to develop their skills.

What might the subject lead to?

The art department at d’Overbroeck’s has a great track record of getting students onto excellent art, design and history of art degree courses. We are very experienced in supporting students through their application process, helping to plan portfolios and prepare for interviews. It has been great to follow the successes of our students as they have progressed through degree courses and into careers in art and design.

For most art and design students, an Art & Design Foundation course is the best way to explore the possible directions for study at degree level.

Many of our students are offered places on the Foundation course at Oxford Brookes, one of the top courses of its type in Britain. Our students also regularly accept places at other excellent local Foundation courses at Abingdon and Banbury.

Every year some of our students want to study in London or further afield and students are regularly offered places on the University of the Arts London (UAL) Art & Design Foundation courses at Central Saint Martin’s, Camberwell (CCW), London College of Fashion (LCF) and London College of Communication (LCC).

In recent years students have also accepted places at Art & Design Foundation courses at Farnham (University of Creative Arts), Bournemouth (UAB), Leeds.