Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject
Students will develop a wide range of skills in both two and three dimensions, exploring; drawing, painting, print-making, photography, textiles and sculpture. In addition to this, students will be taught how to develop their critical analysis skills by deconstructing the work of other artists, whilst evaluating their own work.
The course comprises of:
Component 1: This comprises of a personal study which takes the form of a portfolio of work, produced in response to a theme, chosen by the student. This is also accompanied by a written essay of at least 1000 words, which supports the work produced, explains the concepts investigated, whilst demonstrating how the project has developed in response to the chosen artists. This component is worth 60% of the final grade.
Component 2: This is an externally set examination question which is issued at the start of February in the final year. Students are required to build a portfolio of work, in response to their chosen question and produce a final outcome in a timed 15 hour controlled, practical examination. This component is worth 40% of the final grade.
Students’ work is assessed against these four assessment objectives:
AO1: Develop 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 ideas as work develops
AO3: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress.
AO4: Present a personal and meaningful response that realises intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements
Additional Course Entry Requirements
Grade 5 in Art & Design GCSE.
Progression and career opportunities
Most students are expected to apply to join a Foundation Diploma course at UCA in Canterbury or Rochester – a 1 year course which acts as the springboard into a wide range of degree options. From fashion to film, graphics to jewellery the choice is highly individual. Final employment is likely to be within the creative industries, which is a thriving sector of the economy.