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Art & Design

Specific Course Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in Art

Examination Levels Offered A-Level
Examination Board AQA

A-Level - Two Year Course
Art and Design A-level is linear and will run as a two year A-level. In Year 12 students will develop a range of skills through workshops and investigations of contextual sources. They complete a full project and final piece which will be assessed at the end of Year 12. They will then complete two units in A2 which be assessed for their final A-Level qualification on a 60/40 split, a personal investigation and a controlled assessment unit.

If you are interested in exploring the visual and tactile qualities of 3D, as well as 2D art, then this is the course for you.  You will be encouraged to explore the work of other artists and designers and to develop responses. Your work will take the form of annotated boards and/or sketch books as well as 3D samples. You will also have the opportunity to further your creative interest in 2D or 3D form, or specialise in a Textile approach if you wish. 

This course is perfect if you have a creative interest in design and are considering a design career, or if you have followed the GCSE Art & Design, Textiles, Fine Art, or even Photography. The course compromises of four units - 1 & 2 in AS, 1 & 2 in A2. The final qualification is assessed from 1 & 2 in A2 only. 

Year 12 - Workshops and a developed investigation. - Students will learn, develop and refine a variety of skills. They will complete three units of work using source material and relevant artists to create inspiring design work. A wide range of media and techniques will be explored, students will secure a sound knowledge of how to create and interpret contextual sources. Students will need to explain the development of their ideas through both written and visual information. Students will need to submit all of their research work and the final piece for the art exhibition. This will be the foundation for their A–level. 

Year 13 - Unit 1 - Personal Investigation - Internally Set - 60%:
A personal investigation incorporating both visual contextual and written elements. This will take the form of a portfolio of work. Students are encouraged to develop their own personal style and to develop a high level of skill within their chosen specialisms. Students must demonstrate greater maturity and depth in skill, knowledge and knowledge gained from Year 12. They are required to write an in depth essay to support their investigations. Staff will also advise and help to organise portfolio work for students who wish to apply for further education within the Arts. 


Unit 2 - Externally Set - 40%:
This assignment is aimed at assessing the students ability to work independently in response to a chosen starting point carrying out investigation, developing ideas and realising intentions referencing contextual and critical sources  Students will need to submit all of their research work and their final outcomes, which will be carried out over 15 hours in exam conditions.





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