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Art

Head of Department: Mr Rorie O'Keeffe

The Art department at Salesian offers two different A Levels, supported by two dedicated classrooms and a purpose-built darkroom.

Fine Art A Level

A Level Art is a creative challenge, which enables students to develop skills and ideas through tuition and through individual investigation.

A Level artists need to be creative, independent and committed to developing their skills and research for many hours outside the classroom, as well as under the direct guidance of their teachers. Fine Art A Level requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
  • how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts
  • continuity and change in different genres, styles and traditions
  • a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

Students are encouraged to work in one or more of the following media:

  • Oil paints
  • Acrylic paints
  • Watercolours and inks
  • Collage
  • Photography and Photoshop
  • Printmaking
  • All drawing media

We follow the AQA specification.

Extra-curricular opportunities include after college sessions in both art and photography, life drawing classes and gallery visits. The equipped art studio is kept open all week for students to use during study periods and after college.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

Photography A Level

At A Level, students gain in depth understanding of the technical side of Photography, which allows them to develop very creative approaches to image making and manipulation.

A level Photographers need to be creative, independent and committed to developing their skills and research for many hours outside the classroom, as well as under the direct guidance of their teachers. Photography A Level requires students to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of:

  • relevant materials, processes, technologies and resources
  • how ideas, feelings and meanings can be conveyed and interpreted in images and artefacts
  • how images and artefacts relate to the time and place in which they were made and to their social and cultural contexts
  • a working visual/written vocabulary and specialist terminology

Students can work in one or more of the following areas of study:

  • Portraiture
  • Landscape
  • Still-life
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Photographic installation

We follow the AQA specification. Assessment is through a combination of coursework and examination tasks.

Extra-curricular opportunities include after college sessions, photo shoots and gallery visits. The photographic studio and darkroom can be opened for students to use during study periods and after college.

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.

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