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ART & DESIGN

Examining Body -

AQA

LINEAR

REQUIREMENTS -

GCSE LEVEL

Grade 6 in Fine Art

or Grade 6 in Art & Design

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The department will offer an A Level Art & Design course where

students will be entered for the A Level exam in Year 13.

The primary aim of the course is to enhance students’ skills

and thereby enable them to develop more independent ways

of working. As a means of support, students are provided with

clear structure and time lines but creativity and ownership

of ideas is encouraged. The course explores a wide variety

of media with a focus on drawing and painting and the use

of photography. Students will also have the opportunity to develop

their work in other areas whichmay include printmaking, textiles,

illustration, sculpture or ceramics. The size of A Level groups

ranges between 10-16 students. All groups are taught by

the Subject Leader plus one other member of staff.

The course is structured around themed projects with emphasis

on research into resource material, analysing their own

and others’ work, observational drawing, experiments with

media and developing technical skills. All projects include

integral historical, critical and contextual studies. All students

will have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries.

PROGRESSION

Careers guidance is considered to be an integral part of the

department’s work. The vast majority of students progress to

Art Foundation Courses and then onto higher education in

a wide variety of fields including Fine Art, Fashion, Illustration,

Graphic and TextileDesign, Television and TheatreDesign,

Architecture, Interior and Industrial Design, as well as Art Education.

ADDITIONAL COSTS

- Approx

Gallery Trips

£10-25

varies with location

Paints/Canvas

£11-15/£4-10

Portfolios/Sketchbooks £3-10

depending on size

ASSESSMENT

A LEVEL

- comprised of two components:

COMPONENT 1

Art & Design Personal Investigation

60%

of A Level mark

COMPONENT 2

Art & Design

40%

of A Level mark

Externally Set Assignment

Includes 15 hours of supervised time

ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES

1

Develop ideas through sustained and focused

investigations informed by contextual and other sources,

demonstrating analytical and critical understanding.

2

Explore and select appropriate resources, media,

materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and

refining ideas as work develops.

3

Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to

intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.

4

Present a personal and meaningful response that

realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes

connections between visual and other elements.

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