The Art & Design A Level course opens opportunities across the design industries. You will have the chance to pursue personal interests whilst developing your ability to record, research, design and make. You will create work across a number of discipline areas including painting and drawing, photography, graphic design, sculpture, mixed media and ceramics. In addition this course gives you the opportunity to develop your personal expression, imagination, sensitivity, conceptual thinking, powers of observation and analytical ability.
Students will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of techniques and drawing methods including life drawing. Following the initial guided unit, students will have the freedom to pursue their own choice of subject matter and will be supported in the independent exploration of their theme. All projects will be informed by artist research and gallery visits as an essential source of inspiration. Ideas will develop using a range of media and processes including work in two and three dimensions.
Component 1: Personal investigation
This incorporates three major elements: supporting studies, practical work, and a personal study (which forms 12% of the total qualification). Supporting studies and practical work will comprise a portfolio of artwork and outcomes based on themes and ideas developed from personal starting points. Workshops will introduce new techniques and broaden the experience of students through a variety of drawing methods. The personal study will be evidenced through critical written communication showing contextual research and understanding in an illustrated dissertation of 3000 words.
Assessment: 60% of A Level.
Component 2: Externally set assignment
This component allows students the opportunity to generate and develop ideas,in response to an externally set theme. They will research their own choice of contextual sources, record from observations and experiment with media and processes. They will show increased independence in their refinement of ideas towards producing a personal, resolved outcome. The component incorporates two major elements: preparatory studies and the 15 hour exam. Assessment: 15 hour timed assessment. The externally set assignment is released on 1 February and contains a theme and suggested starting points. Assessment: 40% of A Level.
A combination of classroom study, self study and enrichment activities.
GCSE Art at grade 6 or above; GCSE English at level 5 or above.
Previous A Level Art students have made careers in fashion, graphics, photography, film making, textile design, car design, teaching, art conservation, architecture, fine art, product design and animation.