The Art and Design course is intended to deepen and extend students' own creative skills and their understanding of Art and Design practice developing from their GCSE studies. You will have the opportunity to work in painting, drawing and mixed media, sculpture, textiles and photography - including digital where appropriate. You will be encouraged to experiment and be adventurous in expressing your own thoughts, observations and ideas. Observational drawing is fundamental to Art practice and will form the keystone for each project. Students should then develop their ideas into more experimental and possibly abstract outcomes. You will work to set themes and be expected to explore, using a variety of materials, analyse and investigate the work of other artists, craft persons and designers to develop personal final outcomes.
A Level Project 1 - Coursework Portfolio:
Candidates are required to submit two units of Art and Design. Candidates are required to submit final pieces which must be accompanied by preliminary/supporting studies. A coursework unit should be a clearly defined selection of coursework which makes up a whole, demonstrating evidence of the working processes involved, addressing all four assessment objectives and leading to finished pieces.
A Level Project 2 - Mock Examination:
The examination will be based on an AQA examination paper. The Controlled Test consists of a range of questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one question.
The Controlled Test is in two parts:
Projects 1 and 2 can be used to provide inspiration as a platform to build upon when developing the Personal Investigation in Year 2.
Component 1 - Personal Investigation (Worth 60% of A Level)
This is a practical unit with written elements where candidates are expected to develop a personal and self-directed investigation based on an idea, issue, concept or theme leading to a finished piece or pieces. Building from the skills learnt in year 1, students are required to submit final pieces that are accompanied by investigations into artists and show a development of preliminary/supporting studies.
Integrated into the project candidates are required to submit an illustrated written Personal Investigation, of approximately 1000 to 3000 words on an aspect of critical and historical studies in art, craft or design linked with the candidate's own work. This assignment must include an in-depth analysis of artworks and investigations showing a breadth of study. The written element will need to be formally presented.
As the quality of written communication is an important aspect of this component, candidates should consider the following points:
The Personal Investigation will be assessed as a single component. Evidence of addressing the Assessment Objectives must be provided in both visual and written elements and connections between these two elements should be clearly established. Sources should be identified and acknowledged.
Component 2 - Externally Set Assignments (Worth 40% of A Level)
The personal investigation is centre-assessed and moderated by AQA. The Controlled Test consists of a range of questions to be used as starting points. Candidates are required to select one question. Students should build on their knowledge of the mock examination and show a more thorough and deeper understanding of the examination requirements.
The Controlled Test is in two parts:
All components during the course will need to evidence each objective.
AO1: Develop their ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding;
AO2: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining their ideas as their work develops;
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to their intentions, demonstrating an ability to reflect on their work and progress;
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, making connections between visual and other elements.
Art equipment - although the Academy offers basic equipment students will need to provide their own range of art equipment. A journal (one for each project/component) is essential. This is not optional and is a mandatory requirement of the course. It is vital that you immediately begin to develop a journal for each unit of the course. Your journal is an invaluable tool in supporting your own artistic and creative development. It must contain evidence of the development of ideas and experiments with different materials, processes and possible solutions. It must also contain research into the work of other artists which relates to the work you are developing and this research should appear next to your own studies. In short, without your work journal, it will be virtually impossible to cover all the assessment objectives.
If students would like to pursue a career in the Arts it can form the first stepping stone of their career path. Students wishing to take the subject further would be advised to take an Art Foundation Course or Art based degree.
Grade A* - B in either GCSE Art or Textiles.