Bolton School Sixth Form Boys

Art, Craft and Design

Why Study Art, Craft and Design at Bolton School?

With well qualified and experienced staff, the department is equipped to develop skills and techniques which will ensure excellent grades at A-Level. Small group sizes mean that each student is given individual attention in order to nurture their full potential. Advice and guidance regarding the development of a portfolio of work, alongside interview techniques, prepares our students for Higher Education applications. With a studio space designated for Sixth Form use, our students are able to have their own work areas to carry out their projects during lunchtimes and personal study periods. They also have the option to choose up to three Art and Design related A-levels which will prepare and qualify them for employment or degree level study across a range of Art and Design disciplines. Gallery visits, knowledgeable staff, exciting briefs and personal attention creates a recipe for success.

What will I study?

Art is a subject which can open eyes and stimulate an intellectual, emotional and physical response. The Art and Design course covers a broad spectrum. Students will develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography. 

The course consists of integrated practical, critical and theoretical study using a variety of media and processes.  This will be supported by the use of sketchbooks and first hand experience of relevant works of art, craft and design.  The art department encourages students to develop intellectual, imaginative, creative and intuitive powers; investigative, analytical, experimental, practical, technical and expressive skills, aesthetic understanding and critical judgement; an understanding of the interrelationships between art, craft and design and an awareness of the contexts in which they operate; knowledge and understanding of art, craft and design in contemporary society and in other times and cultures. 

We aim to develop the skills of the individual, helping them attain their true potential whilst increasing their personal confidence and so developing an enthusiasm for the subject. 

How will I be assessed?

The A-level award comprises of two assessment units. Component 1, the Personal Investigation, requires students to submit a personal practical project. Component 2 is the externally set assignment and is in two parts: a preparatory period when candidates carry out their research and investigations; and a timed fifteen hour unaided period, when candidates are required to produce a final outcome. 

Desirable requirements

It is felt that 9 to 6 grade GCSE candidates will be well prepared for the Advanced Level courses.  Other candidates will be considered on presentation of a portfolio of work and on evidence of a total commitment to the subject.

Where will it lead?

Everything we make and use has been created by someone and our modern world relies increasingly upon visual literacy in communication.  It is a world of images whether drawn, painted, printed, televised or computer generated and the artist is at the source of the image.  Career opportunities are endless. 

Many of our students go on to Foundation Art courses and/or then on to gain degrees in Architecture, Fine Art and Design.