A-level Art

A-level Art

In Art we aim to foster creativity, visual awareness, sensitivity and craftsmanship. We seek to develop students’ visual and tactile skills, and a knowledge and feeling for a broad spectrum of European and world art. The Art department creates a stimulating and motivating environment for students to enjoy the subject. Tasks and projects are varied, covering painting, drawing, print-making, digital imaging, collage and graphic design. The Art course is exciting and flexible. It progresses naturally from the philosophies and approaches adopted at GCSE. We encourage and expect students to pursue personal interests. Art is a subject that encourages individuals to be creative, reflective, communicative and appreciative of the world around them. Starting points deal with students understanding of the artistic formal elements e.g. line, form, shape, texture, balance, rhythm and composition. Students will be encouraged to present their work in a lively and creative manner and produce a final painting or sculpture piece.

Course Content

It is recommended that students taking the Art & Design AS and A-level should have studied Art at GCSE and achieved a Grade C or equivalent. Students must have a genuine interest in and a commitment to the subject. Students need to spend considerable time outside formal lessons researching, developing ideas and producing studies. Homework is set weekly. Art may be combined with both Arts and Science subjects.

Assessment

The AS exam is a demanding course and students must be prepared to work hard in order to cover the two components in their first year and a further two components of work in the second year.

AS Examination Component 1: Coursework Portfolio
The emphasis of this component will be on the development of the understanding of various materials, processes and techniques. Students should produce a collection of materials that exemplifies work carried out during the AS course.
 
Assessed
• 60% of AS: 96 Marks Portfolio of work is set and marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
 
Component 2: AS Externally Set Assignment
Students will be given five questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1st February, or as soon as possible after that date.
 
Assessed
• Preparatory period + 10 hours supervised time
• 40% of AS: 96 Marks Externally set assignments are marked by the centre and assessed by the examination board. Visits by the examination board moderator will normally take place in June.
A2 Examination Component 1: Personal Investigation.
This is a practical investigation supported by written work. Students can present the written work as a journal, log or an essay. Students are required to conduct a practical investigation into an idea, issue, concept or theme supported by written work. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently by the student and must lead to a final piece or a series of related finished work.
 
Assessed
• 60% of A-level: 96 marks Component is marked by the centre and moderated by AQA.
 
Component 2: Externally Set Assignment.
Students will be given eight questions to be used as starting points. Students are required to select one. Students will be provided with examination papers on 1st February, or as soon as possible after that date.
 
Assessed
• Preparatory period + 15 hours supervised time
• 40% of A-level: 96 marks Externally set assignments are marked by the centre and assessed by the examination board. Visits by the examination board moderator will normally take place in June.

Where does it lead?

A Level Art is a valued subject as an entrance qualification for UK universities. It is important for those hoping to follow degree courses in either Fine or Applied Arts including courses in painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design including advertising, scientific and technical illustration, information graphics and print technology, three- dimensional design including industrial design, furniture design, ceramics, interior design, theatre design, fashion and textiles, film, photography and television.

Art is also valuable for a number of indirectly related careers such as Architecture, Museum Work, Arts Administration, Exhibition Research and Teaching as well as preparing students for vocational practical courses after A-levels.

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