Creative subjects at Doha College
Myth: creative subjects are easier than mathematics, English or sciences, require less effort and are chosen by some students as a means to reduce their workload.
Truth: Art, design and technology, drama and music exams involve a range of challenging components which are designed to test technique, knowledge and composition. Controlled assessments in Art at GCSE level, for example, can take up to 10 hours. They are just as challenging and demanding as mathematics and English, if not more so. Studies have demonstrated that participation in creative subjects is vital in improving learning across all academic areas. These subjects teach valuable skills such as creative problem-solving, mental and visual agility, communication skills, and mastery of a range of media and technology.
Art students learn to interpret visual information, take creative risks, develop deferred-reward working habits, act with the interests of the larger community in mind, know and appreciate diverse societies, interpret and evaluate others’ perception of reality, be fluent with emerging technology, as well as appreciate the power of artistic expression.
Students must reconcile the creative tension between ideas, time, costs and client demands, using techniques that are usually supported through extensive use of computer-aided design tools. Students draw on their understanding electronic systems, mechanical systems and resistant materials to manufacture creative solutions to real-life problems.
Drama students learn how to work collaboratively, give and accept feedback, communicate with or without words, manage insecurities; they acquire memorising techniques, the ability to express emotions. They learn discipline, routine and structure, all without going to military school! For example, if they miss a performance, their absence affects the whole dynamics of the show.
It has long been proven that learning music sharpens the intellect. More specifically, music has been linked to spatial intelligence, which is particularly relevant to geometry. Stage performance helps overcome anxiety. A little anxiety is a good thing and the ability to deal with it early on in life greatly boosts self-confidence - one of the critical attributes that employers seek when recruiting.
Media Studies provides students with a critical understanding of media's societal impact, honing their analytical skills to interpret and evaluate various forms of media. It gives students hands-on experience in media production, achieved through various photography and videography software, it cultivates effective communication abilities and fosters media literacy.
These subjects give students a diverse skill set that can be applied across various creative industries and open up a wide range of potential careers. They may pursue professions such as graphic design, theater and film production, music performance, composition or production, industrial or product design, advertising, journalism, digital media production, marketing and more.
|Jay Stearns||GCSE||Music||2017||Highest mark in the Middle East|
|Jay Stearns||GCSE||Photography||2017||Highest mark in the Middle East|
|Aaleen Ahmed||GCSE||Music||2017||Highest mark in the Middle East|
|Sarah Mekhaimar||GCSE||Music||2017||Highest mark in the Middle East|
|Danya Khalid Al-Thani||GCSE||Art||2017||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Hayat al Dasooqi||GCSE||Photography||2018||
Highest mark in the world
|Anastasia Ceban||GCSE||Photography||2018||Highest mark in the world|
|Francesca Jones||A Level||Art||2018||Highest mark in the world|
|Jerehmico Bautista||A Level||Media Studies||2018||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Jack Dillon||GCSE||Music||2018||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Fathima Farhan||GCSE||Art||2018||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Alison Goonan Villavicencio||GCSE||Photography||2019||Highest mark in the world|
|Amy Lawrie||GCSE||Art||2019||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Phoebe Lawrie||A Level||Art||2019||Highest mark in the world|
|Jack Dillon||AS||Music||2019||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Maha Al-Abduljabar||GCSE||Photography||2022||Highest mark in the world|
|Eliza Bjorkhammer||GCSE||Drama||2022||Highest mark in Qatar|
|Jack Daly||A Level||Design and Technology||2022||Highest mark in the world|
|Alisha Hidayat||A Level||Design and Technology||2022||Highest mark in the world|
|Yusra Bint Sajaad||A Level||Photography||2022||Highest mark in the world|
|Amilia Katie May Daley||GCSE||Art||2022||Highest mark in the world|
|Yusra Mariam Khaliq||GCSE||Art||2022||Highest mark in the world|
Jack's "Microcade" Space Invaders machine, next to its larger scale brothers...
...and here it is next to an adult hand, for a more accurate idea of its actual size.
By choosing creative subjects for A levels, students select an education that will not only challenge them but will also equip them with valuable competencies for their future success. To learn more about our broad range of A level subjects, tap below: