Art A Level

Head of Department: Mr Richard Parkin

Art and Design is a popular and successful subject at Ipswich School. We inspire our students to go on to study Foundation, Fine Art, Fashion or Textiles, Architecture, Graphic Design and Product Design degrees when they leave.

Alongside lessons and weekly Art clubs, studio space is made available throughout the day for all A Level students, who are a great inspiration to the Lower School pupils.

What do you do in Art?

Drawing is a vital part of all projects undertaken across all years. We strive to improve students’ drawing skills through imaginative tasks and stimulating workshops and to ignite in them a passion for drawing.

From September all students you will be involved in a still-life project based on installations created by Art staff during the summer holiday. This enables you to create different outcomes based on direct observation. This is challenging and exciting for all and provides a lively and enjoyable start to the course. During the year you experience art first-hand by visiting galleries and working with our artist-in-residence.

Through expressive and theoretical studies the A Level course offered by Edexcel in Art and Design leads to a fuller understanding of the visual arts. Emphasis is put on the importance of recording the creative process through samples and a work journal tracking the development of ideas.

The course encourages experimentation in Year 12 and so the year is full of practical workshops and ends in students being able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice.

Year 13 builds on these skills as you specialise and focus on a personal theme. One-to-one teacher discussions are hugely influential in underpinning the development of individual journeys in Year 13. You have the opportunity to attend life classes after school – a valuable and memorable experience. The end of year A Level Art Show marks a celebration of your achievements.

Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Art achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)

Art - % A*- B = 90%