Art and Design is an exciting and stimulating subject that encourages creative self-expression through exploring a wide range of individual solutions to given problems. Students should be committed to the subject, happy to be both supported and challenged. This course provides a sound basis for Higher Education including Foundation Art Courses, Higher Education HND, BA courses or any career within the art field. Students are able to progress to at University. Students can study different titles at each level enabling informed choices regarding specialisation in year 13 and beyond e.g. Fine Art in Year 12 and Textiles in Year 13. Students who are particularly interested in a specific area of Art and Design, such as graphics or fashion, are able to explore and develop this in their project work.
AS Level Course Structure
Component 1- concentrates on building a portfolio of work for non-exam assessment (60% of qualification)
Component 2- consists of an externally set assignment which includes a 5 hour exam (40% of qualification)
A taught, structured course introducing students to new materials/techniques and different approaches to the subject. Great emphasis is put upon developing the creative and expressive content of your own artwork. Students are encouraged to use sketchbooks, in addition to larger scale work, to underpin their projects, and are expected to show the ability to analyse and evaluate their work and the work of other artists. Students’ portfolios will contain observational studies and ideas developing from contextual material, as well as work relating to gallery visits.
Students are expected to develop and demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills and undertake a greater depth of study than AS. It consists of two components:
Component 3- based on a personal investigation where candidates respond to an idea, issue, concept or theme of their choosing and produce a body of work, together with an essay of 1,000 to 3,000 words (60% of qualification).
Component 4- an externally set assignment culminating in a 15 hour exam (40% of qualification).
Students are encouraged to use the Art Department in their spare time to pursue their work and the Sixth Form studio is always available. Students are expected to spend at least 2½ hours a week on externally set assignments and extension of their studio work. Completion of coursework and exam work will require students to spend more time outside lessons as deadlines approach.
Grade C GCSE Art
Ms. B. White