Fine Art A Level
Arts, Media and Publishing
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What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
This is a dynamic and contemporary course which builds on all the fundamental art skills acquired at GCSE level. Students will work on a theme led unit of study which explores many techniques, processes and challenges concepts and ideas. Students will develop outcomes and responses that reflect their ideas as they develop. There is a strong emphasis on sketchbooks and critical and contextual studies that underpins the entire course. All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor.
Students will firstly work on a self-directed unit of study which explores many techniques, processes and challenges concepts and ideas. Students will develop outcomes and responses that reflect their ideas as they develop. There is a strong emphasis on development work and critical and contextual studies that underpins the entire course.
The Subject Criteria for Art require that not only practical artistic skills and abilities should be developed in any course of study, but also that the study of art and design and its various contexts should form part of any student’s education. Therefore, in addition to making artefacts, students should be encouraged to reflect on their own work and on the work of others. The GCE in Art and Design has been designed to encourage an adventurous and enquiring approach to art and design. Successful students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of past and contemporary art and design practice and be able to produce artwork that embraces a range of ideas. Students will develop interesting themed based work from their own ideas.
How will it be delivered?
The A Level course will contain two units, the 2nd of which will be an examined unit. All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor.
Unit 1 will be a self-directed unit whereby students will need to ensure they are refining their skills and investigating their ideas in interesting ways. This unit will develop into a personal investigation unit that shows the refinement of your skills and a sustained series of studies and requires an essay submission based on contextual studies of 1000 – 3000 words.
Unit 2 is an externally set examination unit. Students will work on this totally independently.
All units will be marked internally and then moderated by an external examination board assessor.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English and Fine Art (minimum Grade 5).
Your next steps...
You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as History of Art to prepare for higher education in areas of art and design, photography, architecture or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to art and design such as an Architect, Interior or Fashion Designer. The course will also encourage you to explore your creative mind and help you develop the basic skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.