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Level 3: A level

Exam Board: AQA

Have you ever wondered why so many creative people are successful in many different walks of life?

Creativity isn't only about pursuing artistic interests, it can also open the door to exciting career opportunities.

Our Fine Art course is flexible and stimulate creativity, offering a high degree of choice and a range of different media, processes and techniques. It will give you the opportunity to produce a portfolio of work that you can show to prospective employers or use to help secure a place in higher education.

Entry Requirement

GCSE Art Level 4 or Graphics Grade C

In Year 12:

Component 1:  You will be introduced to a theme as a group but will be expected to respond in a personal way. Your work will be regarded as a portfolio of art.

Within this unit you will be expected to explore through a range of different media and techniques, chosen to address the evidence for the four assessment objectives.

You will have the opportunity to work in a variety of materials and will cover photography, textiles, oil paints, clay and sculpture.

 

Component 2: This is an externally set assignment. The controlled test consists of a range of questions, to be used as starting points. You are required to choose one question.

The controlled test is in two parts, like GCSE. There is a preparatory period, during which you are required to carry out your initial research, investigations and identify artist, designers, and craftspeople whose work you wish to make connections with. The second period is a timed 10-hour unaided test when you are required to make a personal response.

In Year 13:

Component 1: You are required to conduct a practical investigation, into an idea, issue, concept or theme, supported by written material. The focus of the investigation must be identified independently and must lead to a finished outcome or a series of related finished outcomes.

Practical elements should make connections with some aspect of contemporary or past practice of artists, designers, photographers or craftspeople and include written work of no less than 1000 and no more than 3000 words which supports the practical work.

Component 2:  This is an externally set assignment. The controlled test consists of a range of questions to be used as starting points. You are required to choose one question.  The controlled test is in two parts. During the preparatory period you are required to carry out your initial research, investigations and identify artist, designers, and craftspeople whose work you wish to make connections with. The second period is a timed, 15 hours, unaided test when you are required to make a personal, final response.  

                                 Assessment - A Level

Component 1: Coursework 60%

Component 2: Externally set assignment. Controlled test is 15 hours (40%).

The Future

Qualifications in art will be essential for students seeking a foundation course placement at Art College, or university, as a first step towards an arts-based degree. This course will allow students to consider further education and employment in areas such as: fine art, illustration, graphic design, product design, film and TV, web design, film and theatre set design, architecture, fashion, interior design and other art-based disciplines.

Further information

You will have the opportunity to go on several trips throughout course. Each trip will support your work and strengthen your knowledge. The visits consist of galleries, museums and points of interest (London, Brighton, Windsor)

Mrs E Swift, Art Curriculum Leader