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A Level Art & Design

A Level/AS Art & Design

In the Art department we offer 2 separate courses – A Level Art & Design and AS Level Art & Design.

The full A level in Art & Design is a 2 year course (equivalent to A2) with 1 Externally Set Assignment (exam) at the end of the second year.

Alternatively we offer the 1 year AS Art & Design course which is independent from the A level course and can be taken up at either year 12 or year 13. This has an Externally Set Assignment (exam) at the end of that year.

A-Level Art & Design

This is a 2 year course for students who want to study Art to a higher level and is ideal for those who want to go on to study an Art related course at University.

The A level course is made up of 2 components that go across the 2 years:

Component 1 - Personal Investigation (60%)

  1. Practical work

The Personal Investigation is an extended practical project based on a personal response to a theme or starting point. Students will generate ideas and experiment how to express them through a variety of materials and processes. They will develop and refine their ideas through experimentation and research into different techniques, styles of art and the work of other artists.

  1. Personal study

This is a separate piece of critical and analytical writing (1000 words) making links to the student’s own Personal Investigation, and supported by artists research and references. Through the personal study, students will demonstrate understanding of relevant social, cultural and historical sources. Students will also express personal interpretations or conclusions and use technical and specialist vocabulary.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (40%)

This is an externally set assignment from the exam board. Students will produce another practical project in the same manner as their Personal Investigation, developing their skills to a higher level in response to a starting point set out in the exam paper.

Students will be expected to submit all their preparatory studies (sketchbook work) and a final outcome that will be completed in a Controlled Assessment (15 hours).

AS Art & Design

This is a 1 year stand-alone course for students who want to study Art to a higher level. It can be picked up in either year 12 or year 13.

The AS course is made up of 2 components over 1 year:

Component 1 - Personal Investigation (50%)

In AS Art & Design, students undertake a Personal Investigation similar to the full A Level course.  In comparison to the full A level, the AS course does not include the Personal Study essay.

Component 2 - Externally Set Assignment (50%)

Students will be expected to submit all their preparatory studies (sketchbook work) and a final outcome that will be completed in a Controlled Assessment (10 hours).

 

A selection of A Level work displayed in a collage