What to expect in the Cornwallis Art Department
Painting and Sculpture
A Level at Cornwallis provides students with the opportunity to explore ideas and materials in greater detail than they could at Level 2. As well as 3 bright and modern Art rooms, there is a Photographic Darkroom dedicated to traditional wet processing and analogue photography. Through a series of thematic responses you will challenge your conceptions about the subject and explore ideas. The course will prepare you for Higher Education, calling upon you to manage your workload, taking a far more independent approach; while you negotiate time and space, working in the department outside of timetabled lessons during your own study periods.
Our team of experienced and committed teaching staff are always available to support and advise you.
This is a 2 year course and is comprised of the following elements.
Coursework Photography, Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking 60%
• You will begin with a “Foundation Skills” course, where students develop confidence and learn new ways of working in Photography (Analogue and Digital), Oil Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking.
• You will then specialise in either Painting, Sculpture, Printmaking or Photography as you explore themes through your personal portfolio responding to themes set by your teacher.
• You will now fully explore the Personal Portfolio in your chosen area of study.
• You will research and produce a 1500 word related Critical Study in the form of either a dissertation and or annotated display.
Externally set task 40%
Year 2 Term 3 and 4
Externally set Task. A theme set by the exam board.
1.Portfolio of coursework
2. 1500 word dissertation in a topic relating to your portfolio
3. Externally set task from the exam board, to include:
• 20 Hours of preparatory studies
• 15 hour timed assessment
Minimum GCSE Art Grade 5
Minimum GCSE DT Grade 5
Level 2 BTEC Art and Design/Photography Merit
Students who have not studied the above courses can also submit a portfolio of work in Art or Photography.
The A Level in Fine Art or Photography could lead to a One Year Foundation Course at Art college where students prepare for a degree in a related area of study.
Alternatively, a good A level pass will gain UCAS points with which you can apply directly to a Degree course.
In previous year students have gone on to study University courses in English, Media Studies, Textiles, Cinematic model making, Architecture, Marketing, Psychology and the Sciences.
Others had taken up apprenticeships in surveying, retail and arts related careers.